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Rubio's Closing Argument: 'A Generational Choice'

11:02 AM, Oct 26, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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In a two-minute TV commercial, Marco Rubio closes out the campaign by coming back to the theme of preserving American exceptionalism: 

“It’s very clear.  If we stay on this road Washington has us on right now, we will risk the essence of what makes us exceptional.  We will lose what makes us unique.

“I know this because this idea about America being exceptional is not something I read in a book.  As the son of exiles, my parents were born into a society pretty much like every other in the world where if you’re not from the right family or with enough money you can only go so far.

“And that is a very different place from our America – a place where the son of bartender doesn’t have to become a bartender and where the son of a maid can achieve any dream. 

“So now we’re being asked whether we want to keep all that or whether we want to become more like the place my parents came from.

It's a stirring patriotic ad that, like Obama in 2008, portrays Rubio's life story as a testament to the American dream. 

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