Next week, Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) will deliver the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech on February 12. In a new twist, Rubio will deliver the remarks in both English and Spanish. He is expected to offer a contrast to President Obama’s vision for the country while stressing traditional Republican principles of limited government and the promotion of free enterprise policies.
In a statement released today, Speaker John Boehner praised Rubio saying, “Marco Rubio is 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. His family’s story is a testament to the promise and greatness of America. He’ll deliver a GOP address that speaks from the heart to the hopes and dreams of the middle class; to our party’s commitment to life and liberty; and to the unlimited potential of America when government is limited and effective.”
Rubio, one of three Cuban Americans in the US Senate, is continuing to take a more prominent role in party leadership activities because he comes from a swing state, is Latino and bilingual, and is widely considered a charismatic speaker. Rubio is already considered a top pick for the GOP nomination in 2016.