Sen. Marco Rubio has been chosen by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to deliver the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.
In making the announcement Wednesday, Boehner called Rubio “one of our party’s most dynamic and inspiring leaders. He carries our party’s banner of freedom, opportunity and prosperity in a way few others can,” according to Fox News.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity to discuss how limited government and free enterprise have helped make my family’s dreams come true in America,” Rubio said in a press release issued by Boehner’s office.
“In a modern-day first, the bilingual Rubio plans to deliver his remarks in English and Spanish — an added bonus for Republicans eager to reach the nation’s burgeoning Hispanic population,” the Washington Post noted.
Rubio, an outspoken critic of Obama’s failed policies, garnered a lot of media attention early on this year while taking the lead on immigration reform and allowing the GOP to get out in front of the issue.
His selection to give the Republican response to Obama’s address to the nation is sure to fuel the fire over whether party officials see him as the frontrunner in the 2016 presidential race.