February 6th, 2013
04:07 PM ET
5 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.

Filed under: 2016 • Marco Rubio • Republicans • State of the Union
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Should've placed bets on this really. The lipsticking of the GOP/Teatrolls' unchanged agenda reagarding minorities and immigration continues unabated...

    February 6, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    So what shade of lipstick is Rubio anyway...anyone have an Avon color wheel or something? Is it "Cuban Sandwich" or "Trojan Token"? Maybe Cover Girl can tell us...CNN...get on it....

    February 6, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  3. Jim Hahn

    That's nice that Rubio is going to give the GOP's rebuttal speech in English and Spanish. The problem is that he will still sound like the Old White Men of the Republican party. They just don't resonate with Hispanics. How he is going to tell Hispanics that border control is best for them. Why GOP policies of deregulation, and protection of the wealthy and the corporate, are good for the middle class I have yet to figure out.

    February 6, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  4. FOX NEWS: The Dung Beetle of Journalism.

    Geez, the GOP sure is pushing the new kid on the block.

    Oh, wait, was that a rap group?

    According to this Cuban curb baby, rap music has more depth than hip-hop "party" music.

    Such deep, analytical, decision making skills.

    February 6, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    And of course, his "response" is already pretty much written despite the SOTU not having taken place yet or knowing what Obama says in it.

    Here it is in a nutshell: "Look, we know you brownies really don't like us or our agenda, and yeah, we understand you're probably a little miffed about our continuing attempts to dilute your voting power and suppress your votes, but we think that's only really because not enough brown people have tried to convince you to like these things."

    February 6, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    So, the Cuban anchor baby is prepared to be the GOP's latest token?

    February 6, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Patriot Awesome

    The Republicans should change their mascot to the Pander Bear.

    February 6, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  8. Sheila

    Rubio will never make it as a prez in 2016 – I highly doubt if he gets enough votes – The Governor from Va – McDonnell will have a better cahnce – and 'ol uncle "Jeb" would never make it, either. ( unless uncle "Jeb" changes his last name) lol

    February 6, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  9. Dylan

    Hope Bachman don't interfere

    February 6, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    The bar is set rather low for Rubio ... GOPers better hope he doesn't blow his big chance at appearing relatively sane.

    Bobby Jindal, Michele Bachmann, and Mr. Bobbling Eye-Brow Ryan come to mind.

    February 6, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Bill

    Maybe this "rising star" should work on getting his family history straight first. SInce he willing to lie about that, his words mean nothing. Dream on GOP'ers if you thiink this guy is your savior for 2016.

    February 6, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    Will he be advocating support for the bill requiring transvaginal ultrasounds prior to obtaining an abortion that Michigan's Teatrolls are now trying to force thru the state legislature?

    February 6, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  13. Mikey

    Yet another response from a resident of the Island of Misfit Politicians. Let's see if he can top the thrilling performance of Louisiana's Governor from a few years ago. "Hello......I'm Bobby Jin-dell... and.... I'll..... be.... delivering... the..... GOP.... response... to... the...... President's...... State of the Unioin message. I am hoping that after this speech, I can find my father and become a real boy.

    February 6, 2013 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Jeb and George W. Bush should be very proud of themselves to have Rubio front and center while they hide in the background. Rubio has the same beliefs as John Sununu whose also Cuban and stated during the campaign "Obama should learn to be American" which brings to question, do Cubans think they are better than other minorities including Mexicans. Hispanics aren't stupid and they know a prop when they see one.

    February 6, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    Let me give the GOP/Teatrolls a big fat hint: it's your agenda, not its packaging. Having a Cuban dude tell minorities in Spanish to essentially go screw themselves, which is what your agenda really means, doesn't make it any less offensive or damaging to yourselves and it certainly doesn't magically flip the coin and turn it into something that will be received as positive and non-racist.

    February 6, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  16. Patrick in Wisconsin

    That guy can be summed up in one word: TOKEN.

    February 6, 2013 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  17. NameTomo

    Rubio should provide the reply in espanol and have it interperted into english. Oh wait, that would alienate the white, male, bigoted base.

    February 6, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Ask Rubio what he thinks of the Cuban born John Sununu or will Rubio continue to remain silent about Sununu's racists comments. Rubio can't speak to Hispanics until he denounces what Sununu said because Hispanics are fighting for their right to citizenship while Sununu denounces a Black American born citizen.

    February 6, 2013 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  19. freedom

    To all those who spoke to my comment (on another page) – successful business people – especially our candidate, Mitt Romney, was severely demonized by the Obama campaign, his followers, and the media relentlessly. We couldn't have had a more stellar businessman represent success, ambition, intelligence, patriotism, integrity, values, and charity. If Obama really discredits such an individual so aggresively (which he did and the whole country witnessed), then why would he all of a sudden realize that a private sector CEO could be of value? And why are you all demonizing Marco Rubio? Something is seriously wrong with you people.

    February 6, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. NameTomo

    With him being from a hurricane prone state, I hope he doesn't complain about the waste associated with volcano reseach like Jindal did!

    February 6, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota


    Maybe this "rising star" should work on getting his family history straight first. SInce he willing to lie about that, his words mean nothing. Dream on GOP'ers if you thiink this guy is your savior for 2016.

    You'd think that after the shellacking they keep getting, GOPers would stop insisting on throwing these fools at us to "lap up" and would instead start the long, winding road back to a political relevance of recovery by actually getting out and meeting voters.

    Reading our opinion comments and understanding our opinions are separate from one another. This rhetorical pandering of repeating another's opinion is useless without comprehensive understanding. By and large it's the comprehension which is creating GOPer voter fatigue. GOPers have regressed to Middle School levels and are on par for reaching Grade School levels by 2014. Quite a accomplishment ... all things considered.

    February 6, 2013 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  22. Cam Spurgeon

    Rubio is my Sen and does nothing to represent anyone but the teaparty. Go check his voting record. He does seem to answer most letter however but always with a tea party position. If anyone thinks that we will elect a tea party waco dream on. Oh I know the perfect GOP Ticket. Reubio and Crus. Good Luck Guys.

    February 6, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  23. livingston

    They can put out anyone they want. No one will listen to or believe a word they say. The country is starting to wake up to their destructive agenda They are on longer' the party of no', now they are the 'party of no consequence'. They are going the way of the Wigs.

    February 6, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    So what shade of lipstick is Rubio anyway...anyone have an Avon color wheel or something? Is it "Cuban Sandwich" or "Trojan Token"? Maybe Cover Girl can tell us...CNN...get on it....
    Hard to tell. Depending on the lighting it can look like "Refused Refuse" or "Wetback Wannabe".

    February 6, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Let me re-phrase myself:

    WHY is Rubio responding in both English and Spanish to the President's SOTU?
    Common courtesy dictates that if you're able to do so you respond to a person in the language in which they have addressed you. Ergo, if the President's SOTU is being delivered in English, Rubio's repsonse should be in English.
    Thank you ever so GOP, but those of us who wish to listen to the address and the response in spanish are perfectly capable of switching the channel to Univision, Telemundo or any of the many other Spanish channels available to us.
    Phony, condescending Teatardic idiots!

    February 6, 2013 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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