Rubio to Give GOP Response to Obama in English, Spanish Florida senator picked for Republican answer to State of the Union address By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Feb 6, 2013 3:51 PM CST 52 comments Comments Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks during Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad's annual birthday fundraiser Nov. 17, 2012, in Altoona, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) (Newser) – Marco Rubio's political stock continues to rise: The Florida senator will give the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Feb. 12, reports the Hill. Rubio, the son of Cuban immigrants who has been leading the GOP charge on immigration reform, will deliver the remarks in both English and Spanish, reports the Washington Post. As a result, the speech will likely have to be recorded in advance so it can be televised simultaneously on Spanish- and English-language networks. The focus, however, is expected to be on small government, not immigration. "I’m honored to have this opportunity to discuss how limited government and free enterprise have helped make my family’s dreams come true in America," says Rubio in a statement.