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. freedom

    and what is your party? The party of dictatorship, communism. and marxism? I choose the other.

    February 6, 2013 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I don't recall Jindhal being asked to respond to the SOTU in English and Hindi.
    Keep insulting those whose vote you so desperately and cluelessly seek GOP, let's see how that works for you at the polls.

    February 6, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Bob

    And "brainy" Rove is powerless to stop this Bagger? BTW, Rubio, make sure you look at the right camera.

    February 6, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  4. jkane sfl the gop national disgrace party will be swept out like the trash they are in2014 ?

    Even latinos won't vote for the braindead gop stooge and lacky Rubio !!!!!

    February 6, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. Squigman

    Wow! There's a pleasure I can forego.

    February 6, 2013 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    His popularity has especially grown as the party stresses a need to reach out to more Latinos
    CNN why do you refuse to post the FACT that Rubio is NOT popular amongst Latino?
    Is there a law in stating the FACT that the GOP is fishing for the Latino vote with the WRONG bait?
    What gives? Not the narrative you're trying to run?

    February 6, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  7. nothing new here

    Oh cool, a 15 minute talk about Tupac and rap music.
    This should be very enlightening.

    February 6, 2013 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  8. nothing new here

    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.
    So much for the English-only mandate.
    These people....

    February 6, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  9. Ancient Texan

    Following the smoke and mirrors speech of the "organizer", this will be refreshing.

    February 6, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  10. ghostriter

    freedom, I think both sides went in on the other's presidential candidate. To sit here and whine about mean ol Obama being mean to Mitt is laughable. You fools went all in on bashing the president since 2008. You'll understand if we won't wallow in the "poor conservatives" pity pool.

    February 6, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  11. ghostriter

    I wonder if Rubio will denouce the president's immigration ideas and offer his own.....which will more than likely be in line with the president's.

    Rubio is just another republican who presents a problem to republicans. How to keep the conservative stance on immagration when the conservative you trot out there represents the exact opposite stance? Rubio is an anchor baby. Is he really gonna rally around a change that would have kept him out of his position if it had been enacted 40 years ago?

    Just like Mitt brought the Mass. healthcare law into play, Rubio brings things republicans don't want shown unto the front stage.

    February 6, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  12. Saeta Rubia

    The GOP believes that Marco Rubio will be able to deliver the "Hispanic" vote come the 2014 mid-term elections, and possibly the 2016 Presidential Election. The fact is, Rubio does NOT represent the majority of the young Cuban-Americans, much less those of Mexican or Central American descent! The Cuban-American experience is very different from those of any other part of the World, and even more from just Latin America.
    The Immigration laws are SO FLEXIBLE for Cuban-Americans, that they are afraid to divulge the complete benefits to US Citizens. In fact, Cuban immigrants have MORE RIGHTS THAN US-born CITIZENS! For example: If a US-born Citizen has a child in another country, it is much more difficult for that US-born Citizen to secure Immigration Visa status for their offspring than that of a Cuban-born immigrant! It's true!
    Rubio can talk all he wants...but he has special privileges that even US-born citizens don't have!

    February 6, 2013 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. G.Awekam

    Cubans are NOT LATINOS they are Caribbeans speaking Spanish not from Latin America, Mexicans are more Americans since they are from North America so this KID can not appeal to Latinos and Mexicans because they despise each other..

    February 6, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    The GOP has been taking a dump on minorities for 60+ years. Rubio is nothing more than Glade.

    The result is the fresh scent of doodoo flowers.

    You're not fooling anyone guys.

    February 6, 2013 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  15. bcrunner

    @Freedom: You have the audacity to say that we disrespected Romney? The person you disrespected 47% of the country?? You sure have some guts Freedom!! Regarding Rubio, I can give him credit for one thing. He realizes that the Republican party is way out of touch with the rest of the country on immigration so he is trying hard to still please the tea party and somehow finagle a policy, or something that will look like they are trying to do something... I wonder if in the end it will work.. the tea party will not accept his version...

    February 6, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  16. Art


    February 6, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  17. livingston

    @Freedom – I'm an proud Independent. I will cross party lines for a good candidate. Unfortunately I have found a republican to vote for in many years.

    February 6, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  18. Donkey Party

    freedom and Ancient Texan – Do us all a favor, just go away. Fox News is a better site for you to showcase your extreme delusion and stupidity.

    February 6, 2013 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  19. livingston

    @Freedom, that should say "I haven't found a republican to vote for in years".

    February 6, 2013 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  20. Alsonny

    GOP is desperate to get votes from the minorities. They got Michael Steele, one of only 17 black participants in a Republican conference of about 3,500 individuals to chair their party several years ago. Now, they are using Marco Rubio as a token.

    February 6, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  21. don in albuquerque

    Ahhhh, Freedom. I think your form of patriotism has more too do with Benito, then Obama.

    February 6, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  22. bruce

    Rubio will ensure that Hillary will be the first women president

    February 6, 2013 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  23. JustAO

    Lemme guess the GOP response:
    *we need pro-growth policies that protect the rich at all costs to everyone else
    *we need healthcare policies that protect the rich at all costs to everyone else
    *we need tax policies that protect the rich at all costs to everyone else
    *we need war policies that protect the rich at all costs to everyone else
    *we need energy policies that protect the rich at all costs to everyone else
    *etc etc etc

    There's no more reason for GOP to talk. This and future elections have sealed their fate as the party of the rich and with each Tea-Party candidate they nominate in primaries, the rest of us future voters will vote them out of our government forever.

    February 6, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. oscar

    I don't know who the republicans get advice from.Rubio is cuban,he doen't understand other hispanics.

    February 6, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  25. Al-NY,NY


    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

    cue the violin music....awww, poor Mitt. Can't take critcism eh? Well then you don't deserve the job. If you think Obama and his people were worse than Sheldon Addelson/Rove/et al with their outright lies then you are as clueless as most of the GOP thinking by putting the lying Anchor Baby on will help draw Latinos

    February 6, 2013 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
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