Marco Rubio To Deliver Response To State Of The Union
Republicans have turned to one of their rising stars to deliver the response to next week’s State of the Union address:
Senator Marco Rubio will give the Republicans’ response to the State of the Union address, party leaders announced on Wednesday.
Mr. Rubio, a first-term senator from Florida, will deliver his speech in both English and Spanish, according to a news release from Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican leader, and Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio, after President Obama appears before Congress on Tuesday.
The choice of Mr. Rubio, one of the most prominent Hispanic figures in the Republican Party, comes as the party has vowed to appeal more to Latino voters. Mr. Rubio, a Cuban-American, will address immigration as a way to help the economy, according to a Rubio aide, though the speech will focus more on the Republicans’ “commitment to limited government as the best way to help the middle class,” the news release said.
Rubio is an excellent public speaker so I doubt he’ll have the same problems that Bobby Jindal did in 2009. He may even come across very well. At the same time, though, the response to the State of the Union is always hampered by the fact that it simply doesn’t live up to the grandeur and pageantry of the President’s address. More often than not, it’s either remembered because it didn’t come across well at all, which is what happened to Rubio, or it gets lost in the coverage of the President’s speech.