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Responding to a Washington Post story that reported he had embellished the facts of his family’s emigration from Cuba, U.S. Sen Marco Rubio said Monday on “The O’Reilly Factor” that “I don’t need to embellish my narrative. My narrative is very simple: I am the son of exiles and of immigrants, and that has framed my political thought.” The Post reported last week that Rubio’s family came to the U.S. in 1956 — when Fidel Castro was in Mexico, plotting a return to Cuba — rather than after Castro had come to power, as Rubio has said and as his Senate biography claimed. “The supposed flight of Rubio’s parents has been at the core of the young senator’s political identity,” wrote Manuel Roig-Franzia in the Post. “The real story of his parents’ migration appears to be a more conventional immigrant narrative, a couple who came to the United States seeking a better life.” The Miami Herald’s Marc Caputo criticized Roig-Franzia’s distinction. “Regardless of when his parents left Cuba, they were exiles because they stayed in the United States, specifically Miami, in a community where they soon felt they couldn’t go back to their homeland.” Don’t be surprised to see a war of words — exile vs. immigrant — should Rubio seek higher office.