Before Marco Rubio became senator: 15 stories from his younger days

The new autobiography by Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, An American Son, hit stores on Tuesday. The memoir includes tales about Rubio's family, who left Cuba shortly before Fidel Castro took control of the government, his childhood growing up in Nevada and Florida and his rise from local Sunshine State politician to United States Senator. Throughout the book, Rubio discusses the mistakes he made in his political career, the influence of faith in his life and his passion for reforming the nation's immigration system.

But it isn't all heavy-handed political diatribe. There's also a bit of fun sprinkled throughout the story.

Here are 15 details you might not know about Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, as told in his book:

1. As a teenager, Marco Rubio used to sneak onto the Biltmore Hotel golf course to drink beer, the same hotel where he held his Senate victory party.

Rubio describes the election night 2010: "We were at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables. I had grown up less than two miles from the Mediterranean-style landmark nestled between large banyan trees and lush golf courses. ...My high school friends and I had snuck onto the resort's golf course at night; its gazebos offered the perfect hiding spot for underage beer drinking."

2. Down in the polls and way behind on fundraising, Rubio heavily considered quitting his Senate race against Charlie Crist

"I had all but convinced myself to quit. I had discussed getting out with several people whose discretion I trusted. I was badly trailing Governor Crist in popular support and fund-raising. Even if I were to get a little traction eventually and start to close the gap in the polls, he would have raised more than enough money to bury me in negative advertising, and I wouldn't have anywhere near enough to respond. I feared he would so tarnish my reputation that I would have a hard time finding a job after the primary and would never hold another elective office."

3. Rubio was so concerned about the Senate race that he didn't even write a victory speech

"In the final days of the campaign, I couldn't bring myself to write a victory speech. I worried I was getting ahead of myself, and might still lose the election. If that happened, I would have wasted valuable campaign time laboring over a speech I would never give. I also felt that, were I to win, my supporters would be so happy with the victory that my speech wouldn't matter. If I lost, no one would be watching."

4. In past interviews, Rubio has said his mother spent 'nine months' trying to convince Cuban authorities to let her return to the U.S. during a 1961 trip back to Cuba. It was actually a few days.

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