November 5th, 2010
02:05 PM ET
12 years ago

Rubio hits national stage

(CNN) - Republicans are using the GOP weekly radio and internet address to further propel one of their newly elected senators into the national limelight.

Saturday's address will be delivered by Florida Republican Senator-elect Marco Rubio.

"(He) embodies an exciting and optimistic message about the future of America," Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell said in a statement. "Marco's an excellent choice to deliver the first post-election address."

Tea Party-backed Rubio beat Republican-turned-independent Gov. Charlie Crist and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek in the Florida Senate election Tuesday.

Rubio is of Cuban descent and touted his humble beginnings throughout the campaign, often saying he has lived the American dream.

"With election day now behind us, it's an honor to speak directly to the American people about the opportunity before us – an opportunity to put America back on track," Rubio said in a statement.

The weekly addresses are used by both political parties to set their agenda for the week and speak directly to the American people.

- CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report

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Filed under: GOP weekly address • Marco Rubio
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Richie Rich

    I wonder how it feels like to be the paraded around like it matters. It does make the republican party look less white, less paranoid and friendlier i guess. I think the blacks call it a "house cuban"? A junior senator from Florida will achieve nothing in Washington. Known fact.

    November 5, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    The GOP will use him to woo the Hispanic voters, away from the Dems. Probably won't really work, but ya never know.

    November 5, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
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