Rubio on Romney’s ‘born Mexican’ line: “It’s just a joke”

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Sean Higgins

Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio brushed aside a comment presidential candidate Mitt Romney made in the secretly recorded videotape of him speaking to donors . Romney said he would have a better chance in the election if he was Hispanic. Rubio said that was just a joke and everybody should just relax.

In the videotape Romney says, “had [my father] been born of Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot of winning this [election].”

“But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico,” Romney added. “He lived there for a number of years. I mean, I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.”

The campaign later said the comment was made in jest.

Rubio echoed that when asked about the comments during a conference call with reporters Wednesday.

“Well, I think he meant it as a joke. I think that’s how most reasonable people would take it,” Rubio said, adding, “It’s not the first time he’s said something like that publicly,” referring to an event in Florida with Hispanic reporter Jorge Ramos.

“It’s just a joke. I don’t think he meant anything by it,” Rubio concluded.

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