Marco Rubio admits to 'crime spree' in response to Washington Post

Marco Rubio Admits to 'Crime Spree' in Response to Washington Post

Sen. Marco Rubio is admitting to a crime spree.

"Marco Rubio doesn't RSVP," says a woman in a Rubio campaign video.

His campaign released a sarcastic video after an article in The Washington Post reported he was arrested in 1990 for being in a public park after it was closed. His campaign said the then-18-year-old was also drinking beer.

Since the beginning of his campaign, Rubio has accused papers of reporting on what he considers trivial issues from his past.

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Marco Rubio admits to 'crime spree' in response to Washington Post

1. His parents, Mario and Oria, are Cuban immigrants.

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2. Attended Tarkio College for one year on a football scholarship before he later transferred to Santa Fe College. 

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3. When he was sworn into office in 2011, he said that he owed $100,000 of student loans which he finally paid off in 2012.

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4. His wife of 17 years, Jeanette, is of Colombian descent and was once a Miami Dolphins cheerleader.

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5. He went viral with a sip of water. Rubio gave the official Republican reaction to the State of the Union in 2013, but the only detail most people remembered was the moment in which he became so parched that he reached for a water bottle to quench his thirst.

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6. Though he was baptized as an infant in the Catholic church, he was also baptized as Mormon later in childhood when his family lived in Las Vegas. He is now a practicing Catholic.

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7. He teaches political science at Florida International University in Miami.

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8. He says the first concert he ever attended was a Prince show.

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9. His family used to call him Tony, which came from his middle name Antonio.

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10. He was speaker of the Florida House before he was a U.S. Senator.

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One example — The New York Times' June article about his and his wife's speeding tickets. They have received a combined 17 speeding tickets since 1997, but the choice by the paper to report the citations raised some conservative eyebrows.

"Huge major domestic and international issues across the world, and we're talking about traffic violations?" said Gretchen Carlson.

"Here we are now with The New York Times focused on Marco Rubio and his wife's speeding tickets," said Katie Pavlich.

But one report has had more of a lasting impact on his campaign — a New York Times article about Rubio's financial struggles.

In June, the paper outlined Rubio's large debts and his tendency to make big purchases, like an $80,000 boat, despite being in debt. It also reported on his use of a state Republican Party credit card for personal expenses.

The Rubio campaign tried to shrug the article off, saying Rubio's student loan debt makes him relatable to the millions of Americans who are in a similar situation.

But questions about his financial past continue to haunt him.

"In terms of all of that, it raises the question whether you have the maturity and the wisdom to lead this $17 trillion economy. What do you say?" asks a moderator during a GOP debate.

Still, the candidate is doing well and is currently coming in third in national polls.

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