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UNIVISION NEWS TRANSCRIPT Program- Univision’s evening newscast “Noticiero Univision” Content- Interview with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) Air Date- Monday, June 18, 2012

UNIVISION NEWS TRANSCRIPT Program- Univision’s evening newscast “Noticiero Univision” Content- Interview with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) Air Date- Monday, June 18, 2012

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UNIVISION NEWS TRANSCRIPT
 Program:
Univision‟s evening newscast “Noticiero Univision”
 Content: Interview with Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)Air Date: Monday, June 18, 2012First part of the interview aired on Monday, June 18; the second part will air Tuesday, June 19 on
“Noticiero Univision” at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT. Univision‟s Sunday public affairs program “Al Punto” will
broadcast a longer version on June 24 at 10 a.m. ET/PT.KeyJR: Jorge RamosMR: Marco RubioJR: Senator, thank you for speaking with us. I understand that in the past there have
been tension between you and Univision‟s news department, and I appreciate you having agreed
to speak with us about absolutely everything.MR:
No, as far as I‟m concerned, that‟s all in the past.
I believe that Univision has animportant role in communicating to the Hispanic community in this country, and I am pleased, andthank you for the opportunity to discuss my book and other topics.JR: Speaking of your book, I just read it.
I thought it was extremely interesting, it‟s a
North American tradition that any young man who wants to make it to the presidency writes abook. John F. Kennedy, whom you cite in the book, did it, Barack Obama. Do you want to bePresident of the United States?MR:
Well, that was not the book‟s purpose, nor do I have that ambition in
particular. Look, the book was two things. First, obviously, there was another book that wasbeing written about me and I thought that it was important and there was interest in me writing abook so that, to be honest, I also wanted to give my version of history, no? because I believe thatis important. But I also wanted to share the things I have learned, the experiences, the errors Ihave made and also the victories we have had, because I think that there are many people whofind themselves in similar positions at this time and I have always found inspiration in the books of
other people, I even read Barack Obama‟s book “The Audacity of Hope,” and I can tell you that,
although I obviously do not share his political ideas, the idea of a candidate to the senate, as hewas, who was not the favorite, obviously one sees that and thinks, well, if he can do it, so can I.JR: He was the first African-American in the presidency, why not the firstHispanic? That is the great idea with you, that you could become the first Hispanic president of
 
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
free Cuba.”
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
well …
 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 …
 JR:
In other words, the idea of invading Cuba is not …
 MR:
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.
 JR:
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
 
well. It has to be reformed, I have already presented concrete ideas to begin to reform andupdate the legal immigration system, and each day in our offices we receive people who haverelatives in all parts of the world, who are seeking to enter the United States legally. I support
that and, what‟s more, I have clearly said that the Republican Party should convert, not into the
legal anti-immigration party, but into pro legal immigration that benefits the country and the future,and I have been clear in that position. We have an illegal immigration problem; I believe that thelegal immigration system that does not work well contributes to that. I try to explain that to people
that, for example, in Florida there are many undocumented people, I don‟t know the number, but I
know that the majority, it is not a majority that enter legally.JR: But your father worked in a hotel, for example, he was a barman. Your motherworked as a cleaning lady. The majority of undocumented immigrants do that kind of work asyour parents did. Then, for many it seems unfair or selfish that you defend your parents and donot defend others who do exactly the same thing they did.MR: No, but I defend the opportunity for people to enter the United States legally.JR: But not those who are already here, that is, the problem is the 11 millionundocumented people that you are not defending.MR: Yes, but look, the 11 million undocumented people, if that is the number, it is notexactly known, because, for example, last year for the first time there are numbers that indicatethat we have possibly lost people. Becau
se the economy in Mexico has improved…
 JR: It went down from 12 million to 11 and a half million, according to the PewHispanic Center.MR: Well, but the point is, we have a serious problem, how to fix that system. It isimpossible to fix that system without the support of the American people who, currently, have avalid concern with a legal immigration system that does not work and with an illegal immigrationproblem that hurts the country. We have to deal with that; then, we have to gain the confidenceof the American people, that I believe begins by taking measures such as to continue to improvethe security of the border, that we have to admit, and I have admitted it, I have visited the border,the security situation at the border has improved, it must continue to be improved, and to say thatthe matter of the border is no longer an immigration case, as much as a security case and ahumanitarian case.JR: But what would we do with the 11 million undocumented immigrants?MR:
But I‟m getting to that, it‟s part of a process.
Second, a system of electronicverification that works has to be created. We use it here in the office, which gives the employerand the employee an affordable manner of being able to verify that the people who are seekingemployment are here legally. If we can do that, then I am confident that political space is createdto reform the legal immigration system and to improve the immigration system, update it.JR: You want more security at the border, but that for many is an excuse. Thenumber of undocumented people has gone down; border towns are the safest we have here inthe United States.

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