Rubio to deliver Republican response to State of Union in Spanish

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.

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  • Paula Helton

    If only he cared more about "legal" American citizens. NDAA, Amnesty and John Kerry. What more could I want from my Senator?

  • Mike Smollon

    From Wikipedia

    "In October 2011, the St. Petersburg Times and The Washington Post reported that Rubio's previous statements that his parents were forced to leave Cuba in 1959, after Fidel Castro came to power, were incorrect as they had in fact left Cuba in 1956 during the dictatorship of Fulgencio Batista. According to The Washington Post, Rubio's "embellishments" resonate with many voters in Florida, who would not be as impressed by his family being economic migrants seeking a better life in the U.S. instead of political refugees from a communist regime."

    In other words, caught lying.]

  • http://Bizpac Ted

    Mr Rubio would be better served by avoiding the spotlight. The more he speaks about anything, the more he seems to prove that he is nothing more than an empty suit. He is so afraid of losing his government job, he won't take a hard stand on anything. His background is "spongy". He left that Cuban Refugee thing in place as long as he could get away with it, then, cited it as an "oversite". This guy is a lawyer. Although, it seems he has always worked in government circles, I can't recall a single legal case he has fought as a lawyer. If you look back at his history in Florida, he was involved in the Taj Mahal courthouse funding, later denying it. He was involved in failed real estate deals, that were straightened out by friends. He was asked that if he believed the Creationist Theory that the earth was created in seven days. His replay was "I'm not a scientist, man." So far, as senator from Florida, his service is like not having anyone there at all. Just saying…

    • JJ

      Geez, Ted…what did you have for breakfast??…somehow you forgot about Whitewater for which eight people did (or are doing) hard time, or the guy we have now who has done absolutely NOTHING during his career prior to being president and whose legacy of profligacy with the public dole will haunt our country and our children for their entire adult lives, if not forever. Oh, and by the way, maybe you haven't noticed that they're ALL lawyers…Obozo, Bill and Hillary Clinton included, yet, somehow, they are/were the great "saviors" of the American public from the big bad 2%'ers who are carrying their pathetic philosophy…maybe what worries the left is that Rubio is articulate, fluent in Spanish, good on his feet and stays on a conservative, small government message that resonates with just about half of the American population…the last election was pretty close, contrary to reporting by MSNBC…maybe reports of the demise of the conservative movement are a little premature?? As a true Independent, I say let the man speak…and let's hear what hear has to say…we cannot do any worse than we have now. Lastly, as a son of immigrants who arrived here after WWII, I never understood the actual logistics of my parents' immigration until I was 55 years old…his confusion is totally plausible. Just saying…

  • seazen

    Another brilliant move by the Republican Party!! Treat our Hispanic citizens as if they were fools and would be impressed by Rubio speaking some Spanish and then decide that this was more than enough to love what the Republicans have said and done – and continue to say and do – that bring nothing but harm to everyone not in the upper 10% of the income spectrum. Our Hispanic citizens understand English, by the way. No need to talk down to them as a political ploy.

  • johno

    Spanish? I thought we were in America? Aren't the foreigners supposed to learn English? Does the Republican Party want to lose more votes by catering to those few Hispanic votes they MAY get? If he does this, I hope it isn't one sentence vollowed by the same sentence in the other language. No one will keep their train of thought. If he does the entire response in each language, at least then you'll be able to mute or change the channel on the Spanish one. This country is definitely going down the tubes.

  • http://Bizpac Ted

    I thought the subject of the article was Mr Rubio. I didn't realize we were going to be treated to a general critique of politicians in general. In my book, all politicians, left and right are skunks. The challenge is choosing the right skunk. If you think Mr Rubio is the savior of the GOP, good. I'd love to see him run up against almost anyone the Dems can put up. He is an empty bag. He has offered nothing. If you have the faith to believe that he can be the man for you, run him. Just make sure he has an option B, like Ryan did, because I think Rubio is born to lose.

  • Sheila

    Marco needs to invest in some hair plugs. Remember politics is actually pageantry. Our society is so shallow that something as simple as hair can decide an election.