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Cue the exile debate: Marco Rubio gets publisher

Marco Rubio is about to make some serious coin.

The major publishing house, Penguin, has agreed/won the right to publish the nationally watched biography of the nationally watched Florida Senator-- the target of liberals and acolytes of the Democratic White House who don't want to see the Republican garner any more positive press or become a national candidate one day. Right now, he's a vice-presidential short-lister.

At issue: Rubio's story about being the son of Cuban exiles. The Washington Post in October questioned Rubio's account, noting his Senate office incorrectly said that his family fled Castro's Cuba. They actually fled Batista's Cuba. Still, they're exiles.

Rubio now has a chance to tell his family's story in depth in as many pages as he wants. Rubio has admittedly been a little sloppy at times with his facts; this is a opportunity to get them right.

Chances are, it will be a best-seller in 2012, judging by how much conservatives love him and how much liberals dislike him. There's also a birther controversy in all of this. Controversy helps as well.

So, in a way, Rubio might want to thank the Washington Post, the liberal group American Bridge 21st Century and the birthers for all the attention. 

Here's the press release:

New York, December 5, 2011 -- The Sentinel imprint of Penguin Group has acquired a memoir by Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida. The book is currently untitled and tentatively scheduled for the fall of 2012. 

World rights were acquired by Sentinel President and Publisher Adrian Zackheim from attorney Robert B. Barnett of Williams & Connolly, following a competitive auction process with six publishing houses over the span of one week. As is customary, the deal is pending final approval by the Senate Ethics Committee.

Rubio, 40, is the son of working-class exiles from Cuba. During his rise in Florida politics and then a long shot campaign for U.S. Senate in 2010, Rubio highlighted principles shaped by the experiences of his upbringing and his family's exile history. 

Rubio's compelling narrative is a classic American story about parents who sacrificed everything, even their own hopes and dreams, for the chance to pass on a better life to his siblings and him.

His father worked mostly as a bartender, while his mother worked as a maid, cashier and retail clerk. Every day, Rubio saw American exceptionalism through the labors of a hard-working family that came to America in search of the American Dream, and found it. 

Mr. Zackheim commented, "Marco Rubio is one of the brightest rising stars of the Republican Party and will likely be on the national stage for many years to come. Of equal interest is the emotional story of his family's journey to the U.S. from Cuba, their exile experience and how that shaped the Senator's life. This will be a very personal memoir that proves that the American dream is still alive and well for those who work to pursue it."