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Rubio: Don’t Nominate Someone Based On ‘How You Pronounce Their Last Name’

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Senator and presidential candidate Marco Rubio (R-FL) argued “the presidency’s too important to nominate people simply on how you pronounce their last name” in an interview broadcast on Monday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.

Rubio said, “the presidency’s too important to nominate people simply on how you pronounce their last name, where their parents came from. I certainly think it’s something for our country to be proud of, but we know that about our country already. In virtually every aspect of life now, you have people in America who are the children of immigrants, who are the descendants of former slaves, who are women, and who are young people, and who are men, for that matter. And so I think as a nation, we know that that’s our identity as a nation. That we are a place of upward mobility and equality of opportunity, and it reminds us that the fundamental — challenge before us now is that that is eroding for millions of Americans, and we need to restore it. But I most definitely believe that the most important thing we need to do, is have the next President of the United States be someone that understands both America’s role in the world and government’s role in our lives.”

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