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
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.

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Murahu
Feb 10, 2013 1:00 AM CST
All the more reason to make English the official language of the US. Rove, Rubio, and the Rhino Republicans have led us to defeat too often. And if there is amnesty, 11 million illegals will go to the head of the employment line, thanks to Affirmative Action. They will receive preferences over American citizens. The RRR Republicans are leading to the destruction of the Republican Party.
dann0
Feb 7, 2013 8:21 AM CST
An American elected official should not be speaking any language other than English when addressing the public. Even though he might be saying the same thing in English and Spanish - he also might not be. I shouldn't have to be fluent in a second language in order to listen to an official.
Grokthat
Feb 7, 2013 7:48 AM CST
If they already know what they're going to say, it's not a response to the President's State of the Union address. If it's not legitimate, why dignify it and give it a lot of national air time? Action speaks louder than words anyway. Do something other than obstruct and the GOP might regain some of the crediblity it has lost.