By Rachel Weiner
From The Washington Post
BuzzFeed broke the story Thursday morning — Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), an outspoken Catholic, was for a few short years of his life a Mormon.
Rubio was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at age eight, and his family was active in their local Nevada church community. His returned to the Catholic Church a few years later, by the time he was 12, and subsequently moved to Miami.
While he mentions his Catholicism frequently, Rubio also attends a non-denominational church.
Despite his frequent protests, Rubio is on every vice-presidential short list. But would former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, a Mormon, be less willing to choose a running mate with Mormonism in his past? Probably not.
Rubio could be damaged in another way. He’s never brought up his family’s Mormon past when discussing his faith. (The senator will discuss his faith journey in more detail in his upcoming book, “An American Son,” a spokesman said.)
Along with the inconsistencies in his accounts of his parents’ journey from Cuba to America, it could feed into the idea that he shapes his own history for his political convenience. But most successful politicians focus on certain parts of their biographies and tailor their focus for their audiences (including President Obama.)