Marco Rubio, former Republican speaker of the Florida House of Representatives and a tea party favorite, is running for the U.S. Senate in a three-way race against four-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek and Republican-turned-independent Florida Gov. Charlie Crist. As part of a Politics Daily series providing background about the major candidates in 2010, here are some answers to frequently asked questions about his life.
What is Marco Rubio's religion?
Rubio is a Roman Catholic.
Where does Marco Rubio worship?
Though he is Catholic, Rubio belongs
to the Christ Fellowship
nondenominational Church in West Kendall, Fla., where he has attended for the last six years.
Was Marco Rubio born Roman Catholic, or did he convert?
Rubio was born Roman Catholic.
What has Marco Rubio said about the Roman Catholic Church?
When asked about how his faith has sustained him, Rubio said
that he derives his family's strength from faith. "If you get the personal part of your life wrong, nothing else makes sense," he said, adding that his most important job is father and husband, and "I try to get that right, ... and certainly that comes from our faith." As a Catholic potential senator, he has expressed
a possible division (as well as an inference that his Christianity informs his morality): "For those who have the Christian faith and are in politics, there is a constant struggle between a desire to do what is right and how that sometimes may not coincide with what is popular," he said. "I hope that, more often than not, I make the right choice."
What is Marco Rubio's position on the mosque planned near the World Trade Center in Manhattan?
Rubio is against the construction of the "ground zero mosque." He offered a vague nod toward religious freedom before citing the pain
of the families of the victims of 9/11, saying, "It is divisive and disrespectful to build a mosque next to the site where 3,000 innocent people were murdered at the hands of Islamic extremism."
What is Marco Rubio's position on religion and American exceptionalism?
Rubio identifies as a religious man and believes
America is "the greatest society in the history of humanity," but believes this is because of the American structure of government, not divine providence. "Does God love us more than Belgium?" he asked rhetorically, answering, "No."
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