February 6th, 2013
04:07 PM ET
2 years ago

Rubio to deliver GOP State of the Union response

(CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will give the Republican response to the State of the Union address next week, House Speaker John Boehner's office announced Wednesday.

The speech will be delivered by the first-term senator and potential presidential candidate in both English and Spanish, as the GOP works to draw more Hispanics into its column.

"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," Boehner said in a statement. "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, whose parents emigrated from Cuba in the 1950s, has been a rising star in the GOP since he was elected in 2010 with tea party support. His popularity has especially grown as the party stresses a need to reach out to more Latinos. Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney won only 27% of the Latino vote, compared to 71% for President Obama, according to national exit polls.

An aide told CNN he will tape the Spanish language version of his address earlier that night so the Spanish networks can run it right after the president's address. Rubio will deliver his remarks live in English.

As for who's writing the speech, an aide said "he's been working on it for a while. He's writing it himself." His speech will focus on the party's agenda to boost the middle class.

"Immigration will likely be mentioned as one way to grow the economy, but the speech really is about the Republican Party's commitment to limited government as the best way to help the middle class, and how it differs from the president's plans for bigger government," an aide said.

Rubio was widely praised for his prime time speech at the 2012 Republican National Convention, where he spoke shortly before Romney took the stage on the final night of the three-day event.

Speaking about the president's first State of the Union address in his second term, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that the president is working on the speech with lead speech writer Cody Keenan.

"These are speeches that the president takes very seriously. He's a writer himself, so he, he engages at a very deep level on the framing of his speech, on the writing of it and the editing of it and the shaping of it," Carney said.

Four out of five of the Republicans who will have responded to the president's speech are considered possible presidential candidates in 2016.

Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels delivered the 2012 response. Rep. Paul Ryan did so in 2011, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in 2010 and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in 2009.

– CNN's Paul Steinhauser, Jim Acosta, Ashley Killough and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report.


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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. svivar9087

    Whaaat! no foreplay. Straight to your GOP needs.

    No I'm sorry honey for all the evil things I said....now you send one of ours, as a token to prove you care.

    Well Mr GOP, I ain't that easy =D

    February 6, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  2. GOP = Greed Over People

    It is the desperate, yet shameless, blatant pandering the GOP does to attempt to secure votes.

    First, they trot out a skirt and Jimmy Choo heels, purchased at Neiman Marcus, to counter a black candidate and they need the women's vote.

    Second, they counter the win by the black dude, with a token black as the head of the GOP whose sole goal is to make the GOP hip and "off the hook".

    Third, they trot out a Cuban that can speak Spanish, beyond "cervesa por favor" in the hopes of winning the Hispanic vote.

    While amusingly transparent, it is pathetic, in the sense the GOP does not realize how insultingly obvious and totally disingenuous these lame attempts are to the intelligence of the very people they are trying to win over to their side.

    But, by all means continue pandering, it has worked out to the benefit of the majority of Americans since 2008!

    February 6, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  3. confused

    I would prefer to watch TV in English, because it is what I understand. I dont like to hear a translation because something is always misinterpreted. There is always something that doesnt translate exactly.

    February 6, 2013 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  4. us_1776

    The anchor baby gonna sing.

    .

    February 6, 2013 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  5. svscnn

    Token much?

    Jeesh.

    February 6, 2013 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  6. freedom

    @ghostriter
    wallow in your own pitiful choice of this diabolical man for a president

    February 6, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  7. God Loves My AR-15

    Oh, look. The GOP is using the token Spanish-guy. Now all the South-of-the-Border types will *run* to the GOP. or so the the GOP thinks. GOP EATS MOOSE PORK.

    February 6, 2013 10:39 pm at 10:39 pm |
  8. GOPforSale

    Wait a minute, doesn't the GOP hate latinos and resent them speaking in Spanish??? If Rubio delivers his screed against our President's State of the Union Speech in Spanish will five milliion Republicons hang themselves? I hope not.

    February 6, 2013 11:18 pm at 11:18 pm |
  9. GOPforSale

    Claudia – I don't know if Sununi was actually born in Cuba, but I think he is of Lebanese extraction. Another muslim hated by Rubio and his gang.

    February 6, 2013 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
  10. Sam A

    @Ancient Texan: I don't understand GOP beef with Obama as a community organizer. This is a guy that fought for communities of minorities to be self reliance, increase high school graduation numbers, improve communities and be less dependent on State and Federal government. Is that a bad thing? Isn't that what GOP claimed to aspire people to be? I think Obama is a Republican in disguise as a Democrat if you ask me. All his current policies echo W and Reagan.

    February 6, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  11. Mary

    I thought the baggers wanted to make English the official language of the U.S. But now Rubio is going to deliver the GOP State of the Union in English and Spanish. I wonder what the nativists think. What a bunch of hypocrites and flip floppers the GOPers are. As Mc Cain said: "Elections, elections".

    February 6, 2013 11:54 pm at 11:54 pm |
  12. seabruce

    Is he like a Latino Uncle Tom?

    February 7, 2013 02:02 am at 2:02 am |
  13. Rememberwhatbushdid

    Sorry. Marco Rubio is the exact opposite of what the GOP needs. The GOP needs a seasoned, veteran moderate who does not waffle but does compromise and work well with others. Look at what happened to the GOP in Indiana. In the GOP primary Tea Party extremists got out the vote and ousted a longtime moderate, highly respected Rhodes Scholar for a guy who said that some rapes are "legitimate". Marco Rubio is immature, inexperienced,and an extremist who comes off like the college student who brags to his friends that some day he is going to be president. He's a fake and in it for all the wrong reasons, advocating policies against his own people so his rise can get attention and become quicker. HORRIBLE.

    February 7, 2013 02:24 am at 2:24 am |
  14. Switters

    Marco Rubio:

    He won his race in Florida with only 48% of the vote.

    He lied for years about his parents escaping Castro's Cuba. Actually, they left several years before Castro took power. They came to the United States for the economic opportunities that are here – just like all the Hispanic economic refugees that Marco works every day to help 'keep out'.

    He was born in the U.S. while his parents only held 'temporary visas' – he is the prototype 'anchor baby'.

    He walked away from a home he was buying in Florida when the value went 'underwater'.

    He was a Mormon – then a Catholic – now he takes his family to a 'Southern Baptist' church.

    Tales from his college days have him 'in the closet'.

    February 7, 2013 06:16 am at 6:16 am |
  15. mike

    as long as he is not in jail at the time, he has every right to speak for the dying party

    February 7, 2013 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  16. Tam

    Will he open mouth to change feet?

    February 7, 2013 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  17. Tam

    Why won't he speak "American" only? That's what they keep telling the Hispanics. This is really the wrong step.

    February 7, 2013 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  18. Qi

    This guy is SUPER RINO. Might as well swttch parties if you want him for leader.........

    February 7, 2013 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  19. MaryM

    GOP/repubs, It is not your packaging (faux latino rubio), its your product. The majority of Americans are NOT and will NOT buy your product. Change your product or go the way of the dinosaurs

    February 7, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
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