Call it the great Rubio/Pitbull debate.
Marco Rubio sat down for an interview with GQ, which featured a more off-the-cuff conversation than the usual buttoned-up talking points you might expect from the Florida Senator and rumored 2016 White House hopeful.
During the interview, he professed being a fan of the late-hardcore rapper Tupac and also opined on Pitbull’s music.
“His songs are all party songs,” Rubio said of fellow Cuban-American, Pitbull. ” There’s no message for him, compared to like an Eminem. But look, there’s always been a role for that in American music. There’s always been a party person, but he’s a young guy. You know, maybe as he gets older, he’ll reflect in his music more as time goes on. I mean, he’s not Tupac. He’s not gonna be writing poetry.”
While it’s clear that Rubio would choose Tupac over Pitbull any day of the week, even going as far as to say that Tupac’s “Killuminati” is one of his top three rap songs of all time, some took his comments to mean that he doesn’t like Pitbull’s music. Rubio felt the need to take to Twitter to clarify his remarks.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 19, 2012
Rubio may be referring to comments in the first chapter of his memoir where he writes about what it was like for Cuban-Americans around his age who knew they had to live their dreams, because their parents and grandparents had not been able to. “They would do things their parents could not do. They would live their own dreams in a country that believed in them. My success and the success of anyone from my generation is deeply personal to them.”
Rubio was also thrown a curveball that some feel he swung and missed at. Asked about how old the Earth is, Rubio said “I’m not a scientist, man,” and said theology is best debated by others.
For his part, Pitbull let his politics be known in as the 2012 election wound down, as he held events for President Obama and even tweeted a photo of him before he was set to come out with the president. He’s also hasn’t responded to the mini-controversy as he’s too busy promoting his much-anticipated new album, Global Warming, which was released today.