Reuters Fabricates Damaging "Facts" About Marco Rubio
Marco Rubio cannot be Vice President.
That's, at least, what this latest Reuters hit piece would like you to believe. Following on the heels of the Washington Post's invented story about Marco Rubio's "embellishment" of his family history, Reuters claims a presidential candidate wouldn't dream of selecting Rubio as a running mate because of his embarrassing financial history and his contempt for Hispanics.
The only problem with Reuters' narrative is that it depends on a string of completely fabricated statements. The Daily Caller's Matt Lewis has done the yeoman's work of debunking the story here. He counted seven—seven!—errors in the story. We editors found an eighth. Reuters claims:
He also voted against Obama's healthcare overhaul, which is popular among many low-income Hispanics.
"He's on the wrong side on every issue that matters to Hispanics," said Fernand Amandi with Bendixen & Amandi, a political consulting firm in Miami that has been retained by the Obama campaign. "He's going to have to answer to those positions."
While we're certain Marco Rubio would have voted against ObamaCare if he could have, the fact of the matter is that Marco Rubio became a Senator on January 3, 2011. ObamaCare—the "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act"—was passed in the Senate on December 24, 2009 and signed into law on March 23, 2010.
The takeaway: If media hit pieces must rely on false dirt with which to smear Sen. Rubio, there's probably no real dirt out there. He'd make for a pretty ideal VP pick.