the United States.MR:
Well, I don‟t believe there is any impediment for a Hispanic to become president of
this great nation.JR: Marco Rubio, president of the United States.MR:
Not I, it‟s not an ambition particularly, and I‟ll tell you why.
Obviously, I believe thatif I do a good job in the Senate, I will have other opportunities, possibly political, possibly in thepress.
I don‟t know, but those opportunities present themselves if one does a good job.
What Ihave learned is that when a person focuses on a future position, that is to say, when one says,
“well, the purpose of my service there is to position myself for something else,” most of the time itends badly, and that‟s why I always resist this type of thoughts,
I don‟t know what opportunities
might present themselves in the future, but what I do know is that I have the opportunity now toserve in the Senate and here I want to do a good job.JR: On page 47 of your book, you say the following, y
ou say to your grandfather: “an
army of exiles must exist in order to overthrow Fidel Castro and for me to become president of a
You said that to your grandfather. Do you want to invade Cuba?MR: No, obviously I said that when I was about 11 years old, no? I had other ideas as
JR: You wanted to be president of Cuba, curiously enough.MR:
And I also wanted to play professional football, and a whole series of things …
In other words, the idea of invading Cuba is not …
No, that is not a truly realistic idea, nor anyone… nor is it truly necessary at this
time. But, obviously, those were the words of a child who was being raised near his grandfatherin Las Vegas, who heard those wishes of having a free Cuba and, obviously, historically, no?Liberation always has come or the mambises in Cuba or the American Revolution have alwayscome through armed resistance. But, obviously, that is not the politics of a senator, it is thepolitics of a nine-year-old boy, but it is an aspiration I had from an early age to participate in somemanner in bringing more liberty, liberty to Cuba.JR: Your parents arrived in the United States in 1956 for economic reasons and whata lot of people are asking themselves is why do you support them and why you do not supportothers like them? The millions of undocumented who come here to the United States. Why yesto them and no to others?MR:
Well, no, first obviously I want to be clear, my parents entered legally in „56.
But I‟m referring to economic reasons, not political.
MR: Yes, but I support legal immigration 100 percent, the reunification of familiesthrough a legal system. We think that the current legal immigration system does not function