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Rubio Book Stays on Times’ Top 10 List

Friday, 06 Jul 2012 11:43 AM

By Jim Meyers

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Sen. Marco Rubio’s new book “An American Son” is moving up to No. 4 on the New York Times’ nonfiction best-seller list for the week of July 15 after debuting on the prestigious list the first week after its publication.

Rubio, a conservative Republican and tea party favorite, rose to national prominence after defeating Florida Gov. Charlie Crist in the 2010 Senate race. He is considered the leading favorite among conservatives to be Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate, and Romney has declared that his campaign is “thoroughly vetting” Rubio for the post.

After the Supreme Court decision affirming the constitutionality of most of Obamacare, Rubio was a leading voice decrying the healthcare reform plan, saying it is essentially a “middle-class tax increase” and predicting opponents will win new support for repealing the law.

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He said the court’s decision to uphold the law could further stall the nation’s lagging economic recovery and create tax problems for millions of Americans who will be required to have health insurance by 2014.

In an exclusive interview with Newsmax recently, Rubio discussed his autobiography, which offers an extraordinarily candid look at his “mistakes and successes” and reveals that during his longshot campaign for the Senate against Florida’s then incumbent governor, the odds appeared so insurmountable that he actually contemplated withdrawing from the race so he wouldn’t be “embarrassed by losing,” but his wife convinced him to continue on.

Rubio, a devout Catholic, also discusses at length the role his faith has played in his political aspirations, his plan to build a strong and prosperous America, how he stood up to Washington’s reckless spending, how his hard-working immigrant parents shaped his vision for the country, and his surprising personal views about President Obama and his 2008 election.

“In the process of writing a book, you come to conclusions that maybe you didn’t have before you started the process,” he told Newsmax. “It forces you to stop for a second, reflect back on your life, and then try to share with readers the lessons that you’ve learned, how you’ve learned from your mistakes and from your successes, and hopefully inspire people not just for public service but hopefully to be conservatives too.”

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