Publishers push up Rubio memoir release ahead of more critical bio by WashPost reporter

Many old newsmen will sullenly tell you that the most important thing about a story is getting there first. It appears this may be the case with the Marco Rubio biography, as publishers of the widely presumptive vice presidential nominee’s memoir have announced that they will move up the publishing date from October to June 19, two weeks before the release of what is expected to be the more critical “The Rise of Marco Rubio” by The Washington Post’s Manuel Roig-Franzia.

Roig-Franzia is the same reporter who reported in October that the Florida senator has embellished facts surrounding his parents’ immigration from Cuba.

Mike Allen reports that Rubio’s book will also be in a Spanish language edition, “Un Hijo Americano,” and President and Publisher of The Sentinel imprint of the Penguin Group Adrian Zackheim explains: ”National interest in Senator Rubio keeps heating up and we want the book out in the world as quickly as possible. It’s important to the Senator and to us that people hear his remarkable story, and that of his family, directly from him.”

The memoir’s jacket has been released, and reads:

“Rubio spent countless hours with his grandfather … ‘Papa’ loved being Cuban, but he also loved America for being a beacon of liberty to oppressed people around the world. As Rubio puts it, ‘My grandfather didn’t know America was exceptional because he read about it in a book. He lived it and saw it with his own eyes. … Conservatism is not about leaving people behind. Conservatism is about allowing people to catch up. … [M]y dad would work banquets at hotels. At these events there are usually only two people standing—the speaker on the podium and the bartender behind the bar. My dad was the one behind the bar. But he worked all his life so that his kids could make the symbolic journey from the bar to the podium.’”

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