Romney comes to defense of Florida Sen. Rubio

October 25, 2011 - 1:12 PM
Rubio Family

FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2011 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. Rubio is fighting allegations that he embellished his family's history by saying his parents were Cuban exiles. His parents emigrated to the U.S. in 1956, three years before Fidel Castro took power. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is coming to the defense of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who's fighting allegations that he embellished his family's history by saying his parents fled Cuba before Fidel Castro's communist revolution.

Romney says Rubio — a rising GOP star who's often discussed as a potential vice presidential pick — and his family deserve the highest praise and recognition. Romney calls the recent news reports an attempt to smear Rubio, and Romney describes the stories as "unfortunate" and "bogus.

Romney made the comments to reporters Saturday in his New Hampshire campaign headquarters.