- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said Wednesday that he couldn’t help but sympathize with “Star Wars” villain Darth Vader.

“I used to hate Darth Vader, but now I kind of feel a little bit sorry for him knowing what he went through to get to that point,” the Florida senator said when asked a question related to the upcoming “Star Wars” movie during a campaign stop at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire, the Washington Examiner reported.

“And he’s probably the most fascinating character in the whole movie, because he started out as this individual with a tremendous amount of talent and promise, then something went wrong, something really went bad, he went dark and went nasty,” Mr. Rubio said.

Earlier in the forum, Mr. Rubio told the audience that he used to own a toy Death Star, “but it kept breaking, just like it did in part two — ‘Empire Strikes Back,’ where it blew up because the guy got that rocket to go into that hole. Remember that?”

The Examiner points out that “Empire Strikes Back” was the one original Star Wars film that did not feature the Death Star, and “the guy” Mr. Rubio referred to was jedi Luke Skywalker.

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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