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Rubio, DeMint parse immigration stances

Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio said only "nuances'' separate his stance on immigration from that of his new ally, U.S. Sen. James DeMint of South Carolina.

Rubio, who is Cuban-American, said he agrees with DeMint's position that English should be the official language of the U.S.

"We have to have a common language that unites the people,'' said Rubio, the former state lawmaker from Miami. "I'm not in favor of banning other languages, but my name is spelled the same way in Spanish as it is in English."

Lucky for him, since ballots might not be available in Spanish and Creole in Rubio's diverse Miami turf under legislation backed by DeMint that says government documents and services need only be available in English.