Rubio discovers Native American heritage through TV show

Rubio discovers Native American heritage through TV show
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Health Care — Sponsored by Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids — Trump issues order to bring transparency to health care prices | Fight over billions in ObamaCare payments heads to Supreme Court Ex-Obama counterterrorism official: Huawei could pose security threat to international intelligence community The Memo: All eyes on faltering Biden ahead of first debate MORE (R-Fla.) discovered a link to Native American ancestors through an appearance on "Finding Your Roots," according to the PBS show's host.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. said in a preview clip for the show, airing Wednesday evening, that an ancestor on Rubio's mother's side was "pure Native American."   

Gates also explained how the particular set of Native Americans Rubio is descended from migrated through the Yucatan Peninsula, a stretch of modern-day Mexico near Cuba, as early as 4,000 B.C.

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"Talk about ancestral roots in Cuba ... your family on your mother's side has been there a long, long time," Gates says in the video.

Rubio responds that he has visited ruins in the area, including Chichén Itzá, before remarking, "Who knew I was going back home?"

In his own tweet, Rubio hinted of more revelations on the episode, including a "famous distant relative." 

"My Native American heritage was an amazing discovery. But you forgot one of the most surprising discoveries,my famous distant relative! I will have to break the bad news to him myself," Rubio wrote.

"Finding Your Roots" has featured other high-profile Capitol Hill guests such as Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill's Morning Report - In exclusive interview, Trump talks Biden, Iran, SCOTUS and reparations Biden to debate for first time as front-runner Rules for first Democratic primary debates announced MORE (I-Vt.) and former Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan praises Trump: 'He's not taking any crap' The Hill's Morning Report - Crunch time arrives for 2020 Dems with debates on deck Ocasio-Cortez calls out Steve King, Liz Cheney amid controversy over concentration camp remarks MORE (R-Wis.).