Father's deteriorating health means Rubio now out of Meet The Press debate this Sunday

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The first of what Marco Rubio had proposed to be seven debates between himself and his two opponents for the U.S. Senate race was to be this Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press, but first Charlie Crist canceled, and now Rubio himself will not be able to attend in Washington.

A press released issued this morning by Rubio's campaign says that his 83-year-old father is ailing, and Rubio intends to stay with him this weekend, and not travel for the debate.

“Unfortunately, the health of Marco’s father, Mario Rubio, has significantly deteriorated in the last 48 hours.  As a result, Marco plans to stay with his father and family during this time, and will be unable to participate in this Sunday’s debate on Meet The Press.

“Mario Rubio is 83 years old and suffers from emphysema and lung cancer.

“We have informed both NBC and Kendrick Meek’s campaign about our need to reschedule this debate, and appreciate their understanding and kind words for the Rubio family during this difficult period.”

On Monday, Governor Crist announced he would not participate in the proposed three way debate, with a spokesman saying, ""The governor has long-planned Labor Day events, when he'll be out talking to working families."

No word yet from NBC whether Meek will still participate or what David Gregory has in store for the full hour.

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