Senator Rubio’s Book On Shelves Today

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Republican Sen. Marco Rubio’s memoir isn’t just a feel-good story about a boy whose immigrant parents worked hard so that he could have what they couldn’t, or about overcoming long odds to beat a popular governor to win his Senate seat.

The 303-page book released Tuesday, “An American Son,” is also an answer to criticism and scrutiny he has faced from political opponents and the media.

The 41-year-old conservative is often discussed as a potential running mate for Republican Mitt Romney.

In the book, it’s almost as if Rubio is vetting himself by explaining negative issues or questions about his past.

Rubio acknowledges that he’s made mistakes, but he also says the media and political opponents have misinterpreted facts.