Red or Blue? Don’t Ask Marco Rubio

Jun 6, 2012 1:45pm

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., often speaks about the vision he holds for America, but when it comes to his own physical vision, the young Florida senator admitted to a reporter Tuesday that he suffers from color blindness.

The vision revelation was first reported by The Hill’s Judy Kurtz who asked Rubio what he thought about Orlando being named the fourth worst-dressed city in the United States.

“It depends on who’s judging. Some of the stuff on the runways in New York is hideous and yet it’s supposed to be high fashion,” Rubio told The Hill.

Asked in a follow-up question by about his own fashion, Rubio said he has trouble navigating through the fashion world and added “I’m colorblind.”

A spokesman for Rubio confirmed to ABC News that the senator is color blind.

Rubio, who is also considered a top VP contender, joins a number of politicians and celebrities who reportedly suffer from color vision problems.

According to the Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders and Birth Defects, former foes President Bill Clinton and Senator Bob Dole both “inherited red/green color vision confusion” and a three-light system was developed during their 1996 debates to alert them when their time was running out instead of using individual colored lights.

And even if Rubio has trouble identifying colors, other color blind celebrities have made headway in the fashion world

NBC’s Matt Lauer reportedly is partially color blind but still managed to make Vanity Fair’s International Best-Dressed list in 2008, and Fred Rogers, also known as “Mister Rogers,” is affectionately remembered for donning a hand-knit cardigan despite being color blind at the top of each show as he sang “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?”

Rubio told The Hill he has a secret weapon for treading through the fashion world as he deals with his colorblindness – his wife Jeanette. “I depend on my wife to match things,” Rubio told The Hill. “Like this blue tie I have on, for example,” Rubio joked as he pointed to the red tie he was wearing.

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