Politics and Public Opinion

The Rubio book wars

In the Washington Post this week, I report on the whispering campaign to derail the political ascent of Senator Marco Rubio. In an effort to fight back and reclaim control of his own narrative, I note, Rubio recently moved up the publication date of his memoir, American Son, from a fall release to June 19th. This was designed to ensure his take on his own life arrives in bookstores ahead of a biography by Post reporter Manuel Roig-Franzia. (Roig-Frania, you will recall, published a front page attack on Rubio earlier this year that accused him of deliberately “embellishing” his family history when he said that his parents arrived in the United States after Castro took power when they in fact arrived during the Batista years—but offered zero evidence that Rubio intentionally misled anyone).

Well, as  Mike Allen reports in the Politico Playbook:

Last week, we told you that Sen. Marco Rubio had moved up publication of his autobiography, “An American Son: A Memoir,” to June 19well ahead of the Republican convention, and of a more critical take by the WashPost’s Manuel Roig-Franzia, “The Rise of Marco Rubio,” which was scheduled for July 3. You saw this coming: Now Simon & Schuster has also jumped Manuel’s book up to June 19, per the book’s Amazon page.

In other words, we’re going to be spending a lot of time reading—and debating—about Marco Rubio this summer.

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