The couple married in 1998 at Little Flower Church in Coral Gables, where the Catholic community is mostly made up of wealthy Hispanics. (At the reception, however, it wasn`t the handsome couple that got all the attention, but Latin American movie star and singer Carlos Ponce, who was married to Rubio`s younger sister, Veronica, at the time.) The friendly, sunny Miami the Rubio family found upon arrival in 1956 had turned into a deadly battleground for competing cocaine cartels in the 1980s. In 1987, two years after they returned from Las Vegas, the war on drugs brutally took the family away. At the time, Rubio Jr. was at South Miami Senior High School, just off Cobra Lane. He was an indifferent student, but he was passionate about football and the school`s champion team, the Cobras. On the roof of the school, then as now, a huge snake head germinates. As Miami`s so-called Cuban miracle unfolded around her, Rubio lived in a cocoon of family and friends who spoke exclusively Spanish at home — where the radio was invariably tuned to shock Jock Emisoras on stations like Radio Mambi, La Ponderosa or La Cubanisima in a 24/7 denunciation of Fidel Castro. After a year playing football at Tarkio College in Missouri, Rubio graduated from the University of Florida and in 1996 from the University of Miami School of Law.
After law school, he first worked at a law firm in Al Cardenas, another Cuban-born kingmaker and longtime ally of the Bush family. Home base (left) | The Corona Plaza apartment complex in West Miami — formerly the Toledo Plaza that Mario Rubio managed and where the family lived — is now an early stop for immigrants. Art Deco (right) | The only trace of the Sans Souci Hotel from Rubio`s youth – where his father worked for five years trying to obtain citizenship – now hangs in the lobby of a new upstart, the Riu Plaza Hotel. | Maggie Steber for Politico Magazine/Redux Pictures Rubio was active in the Hispanic Law Student Association, the mock trial team, and the litigation skills program, according to Miami Law Magazine, although he is only listed as a member of the International Court of Oral Argument in the 1994, 1995, and 1996 issues of “Amicus Curiae.” Law School directories. Marco was born in Miami in 1971 to Cuban parents who came to America after Fidel Castro came to power. At the age of eight, Rubio moved with his family to Las Vegas, Nevada, where his father worked as a bartender at the Sams Town Hotel and his mother as a housekeeper at the Imperial Palace Hotel. In 1985, the family returned to Miami, where his father worked as a bartender at the Mayfair House Hotel until 1997. He then worked as a school transition guard until his retirement in 2005. His mother worked as a warehouse worker at Kmart until her retirement in 1995.
He notices my confusion and goes through the list: “We have Jeb who lives in Coral Gables,” he explains. And we have Marco Rubio in West Miami. And there`s Donald Trump [a part-time resident] in Palm Beach, and Mike Huckabee, he actually has a house in Destin [a coastal town on the Panhandle], and Ben Carson lives somewhere, I forgot where [West Palm Beach, after all]. So we have five Floridians! Rubio talks about still living in “the same working-class neighborhood” in West Miami where he grew up. Then as now, West Miami has its share of shopping malls and bodegas, and places to buy guayaberas, Cubans` favorite traditional long-sleeved shirt. And it`s always the place to find delicious sugarcane guarapo and sugar-coated fried churros popular in La Palma. For many older people, Spanish is the only language spoken. Its northern boundary is Calle Ocho, also known as SW Eighth Street, which further east becomes the main street of Little Havana, where generations of Cuban exiles marched to protest oppression in their homeland. In 2000, just four years after graduating from law school, Rubio was elected to the Florida House of Representatives. Rubio is now 44 years old and is the first UM law school graduate to run for president. Those who knew him are not surprised that he runs.
Two decades later, Rubio`s war with the communications giant has left many perplexed. Miami-based Univision was once the tyrant`s pulpit and the mouthpiece of Cuban-American politicians — Rubio himself was once a paid commentator — but the network`s focus has shifted in recent years to better represent the wider Hispanic community. In 2011, it often outperformed the four major networks in terms of audience; Today, it`s the resort of choice for two-thirds of all Hispanics, a group the GOP would like to gain a foothold in. Rubio attended South Miami Senior High School, graduating in 1989. He attended Tarkio College in Missouri for a year on a football scholarship before transferring to Santa Fe Community College and earning a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Florida in 1993. He continued his studies at the University of Miami, where he received his Juris Doctor, Laude, in 1996. Rubio`s parents left their native Cuba in 1956 during the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista and moved to the United States. The family first settled in Miami, but later moved to Las Vegas, where his father was a bartender and his mother a hotel housekeeper. In Nevada, Marco, who had been raised Catholic, was baptized a Mormon, but a few years later he joined the Catholic Church. In 1985, the Rubios returned to Florida. As a teenager, Marco met his future wife, Jeanette Dousdebes.
The couple married in 1998 and had four children. When he was elected future president in 2005, Rubio gave a speech in the House asking lawmakers to look into their offices, where they each found a hardcover book titled 100 Innovative Ideas for Florida`s Future; but the book was blank because it had not yet been written, and Rubio told his colleagues that they would fill the pages with the help of ordinary Floridians.  In 2006, after touring the state, talking to citizens, and compiling their ideas, Rubio published the book.   The National Journal called this book “the heart of Rubio`s early spokesmen.”  About 24 of the “ideas” became law, while 10 others were partially implemented.  Points in his 2006 book that became law included multi-year car registrations, a requirement for high schools to offer more vocational courses, and an expanded school choice program similar to vouchers. Rubio`s defenders and some critics point out that the country`s economic woes have overlapped much of Rubio`s tenure, making it difficult to fund new legislative proposals.  The Rubios have never had an easy life – neither in the United States nor in their home country. Even by Cuban standards, Rubio`s parents, grandparents and great-grandparents fought. His grandparents` childhood pueblos were not glamorous like Havana or Santiago de Cuba, but bore names like Jicotea, Cabaiguán, and Jatibonico, names derived more from the indigenous language than from imperialist Spanish, places where people did the deadly work of cutting sugar cane and growing tobacco. Even today, you can see bohios – thatched-roof huts – and feel the unforgiving heat. During his presidential campaign, Rubio found himself pitted against real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump, who had become the leading candidate with Cruz. He did better than many of his other Republican opponents in the first contest for delegates: the Iowa caucus.
In February 2016, Cruz won the most votes and 8 delegates, but Rubio managed to finish third. He was nearly tied with Trump, winning 23.1% of the vote to Trump`s 24.3%. Rubio and Trump won 7 delegates each. Later that month, he received only 24.0 percent of the vote in Nevada, where he had spent much of his childhood. The following month, Rubio withdrew after a crushing defeat in his home state to Trump, who won every district except Miami-Dade. During his legislative career, Rubio has also encouraged efforts to develop a world-class curriculum for public schools, increase performance-based accountability, improve school choice, and address socioeconomic factors that influence chronic academic underperformance. At the end of his speaking term, Rubio resumed his legal practice as a solo practitioner. He was also a visiting professor at the Metropolitan Center at Florida International University, president of GOPAC in Florida, and a policy analyst for Univision during the 2008 election cycle. Although Fox News has repeatedly proclaimed that he is the real GOP favorite – and he has the second- and third-place series to prove it! “It doesn`t feel like this guy is really in the race. Apparently, his school newspaper agrees, because they cashed in the strangest unwittingly headline of the week with the most low-key acknowledgement — in March — that Rubio is one of those guys running for president. To defend the paper, they wanted to hold this story for a while, but realized that their headline probably wouldn`t be accurate for much longer.
The Miami-born candidate for the Republican nomination attended law school from 1994-96 when he graduated from Lausanne with a Juris Doctor. On March 10, he is scheduled to return to the Coral Gables campus to attend the Republican presidential debate.