U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) delivered a stirring address as he introduced Republicans to their party’s nominee for President of the United States, Gov. Mitt Romney. Touching on his family’s immigrant experience, and attacking President Barack Obama’s “divide and conquer” politics, Sen. Rubio urged Americans to choose “the American Miracle” once again. The following are his remarks, as prepared for delivery.

In 1980, I watched my first Republican convention with my grandfather.

He was born to a farming family in rural Cuba. Childhood polio left him permanently disabled. Because he couldn’t work the farm, his family sent him to school, and he became the only one in the family who could read.

As a boy, I would sit on our porch and listen to his stories about history, politics and baseball while he puffed on one of his three daily Padron cigars.

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