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Marco Rubio Planning Book Tour Through Battleground States

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will embark on a book tour this summer through three key battleground states -- Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia -- along with South Carolina and Georgia.

ABC News confirmed Thursday that Rubio will promote his autobiography, An American Son, which will be released June 19, with a book tour over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

The Florida portion of the book tour will start on June 30 at the Palm Beach Book Store in Palm Beach and end at a Barnes and Noble in Pensacola on July 3.

Rubio will then head to Atlanta, Greenville, S.C., and Columbia, S.C., on July 5.  He will continue through South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia before ending his tour at the Books A Million in McLean, Va. on July 7.

Rubio is on many lists of potential running mates for the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, and recently has heightened his criticism of President Obama, calling him one of the most “divisive figures” in American history.

But Rubio also is believed to hold higher national ambitions, with many expecting he will one day run for president, and a book tour through swing states and the early primary state of South Carolina could help him lay the groundwork for a future presidential bid.

Just last Saturday, Rubio delivered a major speech to the South Carolina GOP at their annual Silver Elephant Dinner, which was seen as a move to court Republican voters who could help him during a 2016 run or beyond.

Rubio’s book, which will be published in both English and Spanish under the title Un Hijo Americano, will be released on the same day as an unauthorized biography by Washington Post’s Manuel Roig-Franzia called The Rise of Marco Rubio.

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Marco Rubio, a Catholic, Remembers Little of His Time in the Mormon Church

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Florida governor Marco Rubio, whose name is being floated as a potential top pick running mate for Republican Mitt Romney, said recently that he doesn’t remember much about his family’s time in the Mormon church.

“Well, I was very young,” Rubio said in a recent interview. “I don’t remember a lot other than the fact that my parents, especially my mom, really wanted to put us in a very wholesome environment.”

Rubio is expected to discuss his connection to the Mormon Church in his upcoming autobiography An American Son, to be released June 19.

Rubio now identifies himself as Catholic, despite reportedly attending evangelical churches at times.

“On the question of my religion, I’m a Roman Catholic,” he said. “I’ve been a Roman Catholic, baptized and confirmed, and we go to church on Sundays. And I enjoy my Catholic faith.”

Rubio said he respects those who have adopted the Mormon faith and believes they are Christians.

“Yeah, look, I don’t get into that whole debate, I’m not a theologian,” he said. “I have a lot of respect for the Mormon Church; I have a lot of respect for members of the Mormon faith. They believe in Jesus Christ, and they consider themselves Christians and I consider them Christians.”

Rubio’s ties to Mormonism first surfaced in February when a report by Buzzfeed indicated he was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as a child. According to family members, the conversion occurred while his family lived in the same Nevada neighborhood as his aunt’s family, who had converted to Mormonism years before. Michelle Denis, a cousin of Rubio, recounted the young Rubio encouraging his family to be active participants in their new church.

“He was totally into it,” Denis told Buzzfeed. “He’s always been into religion. Football and religion. Those were his things.”

Family members told Buzzfeed that the Rubios left the church when they relocated to Miami. Alex Conant, a spokesman for Rubio, said the family left the church before they moved from Nevada.

But Denis said he was the instrumental force in moving the family back to Catholicism, receiving his first communion at age 13.

“He really convinced the whole family to switch religions,” she told Buzzfeed. “He’s very vocal so he convinced them all to become Catholic.”

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