(CNN) – Time Magazine may have named Sen. Marco Rubio "the Republican savior" on the cover of its latest issue, but the Florida Republican is a bit more modest.
While he may not be ready to declare himself the GOP's knight in shining armor, Rubio is enjoying a surge of attention – he's at the center of the renewed debate over comprehensive immigration reform, and has been tapped to deliver the GOP response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address next week.
As Time's Michael Grunwald writes in the magazine's cover story, "Just two years after he arrived in Washington, the charismatic conservative often hailed as the Tea Party's answer to Barack Obama has emerged as the most influential voice in the national debate over immigration reform."
"He's also the key player in his party's efforts to make up to Hispanic voters after a disastrous 2012 campaign featuring Republican candidates who proposed electric fences and alligators along the southern border, as well as Mitt Romney's suggestion of 'self-deportation' for the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants. GOP leaders know they have a demographic problem. They hope Rubio can help provide the solution."