Politics

February 6, 2013

Sen. Rubio chosen to rebut Obama's speech

The Associated Press

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

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., will deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday. Behind him is Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

The Associated Press

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.

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."

The 41-year-old Cuban-American lawmaker was given a prominent speaking role at last year's Republican National Convention and traveled extensively on behalf of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

 

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