Rubio to Deliver Bilingual State of Union GOP Response

Charles Schumer, Marco Rubio

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will give the Republican rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, providing a direct message to a growing Hispanic electorate that shunned the GOP in last year’s election.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced the selection of Rubio on Wednesday, calling him a strong advocate of conservative principles.

Rubio will speak after Obama’s prime-time address before Congress, offering a counterweight to the president’s agenda. The high-profile speech gives Rubio a broad national audience for a party that lacks a true standard-bearer after Obama’s re-election.

Boehner called Rubio “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.”

McConnell said his Senate colleague would “contrast the Republican approach to the challenges we face with President Obama’s vision of an ever-bigger government and the higher taxes that would be needed to pay for it.”

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