Rubio to Give Response to Obama’s State of the Union



Rubio to give response to Obama’s State of the Union (via AFP)

US Senator Marco Rubio has been tapped to give the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s upcoming State of the Union address, party leaders said Wednesday, boosting his stature as a rising national heavyweight. Rubio, a first-generation American whose parents immigrated from Cuba, will deliver…



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  • slamfu

    Anyone else find it funny that the GOP has as their latino standard bearer a guy from the one group of latinos that does get legal protections as soon as they show up?

  • KP

    I don’t see any humor when it comes to our immigration issues. In my view, the significant problems we face are not strictly party line; nor do they run solely across racial lines. I’d like to hear Senator Rubio speak and remain open minded. I’d like to see ideologues from both sides help find a solution.

  • KP

    To be clear, I want people already here to be legalized. With that in mind, I want to hear discussion from people interested in that goal. The President is on the correct side of this issue and I think Senator Rubio is too. Desired results should take priority over politics. I am certain most Americans agree.

  • zephyr

    a natural choice to deliver the Republicans’ alternative

    Hardly a “natural” choice for the GOP – but probably a smart one.

  • cjjack

    Anyone else find it funny that the GOP has as their latino standard bearer a guy from the one group of latinos that does get legal protections as soon as they show up?

    As KP indicated, I don’t know if the proper word is “funny,” but the truth is that if a Spanish speaking person swims to Miami from Cuba (or a boat that originated in Cuba), they’re a “refugee,” but if they swim across the Rio Grande they’re a criminal.

    What I do find amusing is the GOP’s quest to find minorities who can deliver their message – as if the problem wasn’t the message, but rather the skin color of the spokesperson.

    I mean, who do they think they’re fooling?

  • KP

    I want to hear what his message is before I condem it. Then, I want to see action. From both sides. The time is right.

  • hyperflow

    Rubio is the best person the GOP can put in the spotlight right now.
    The GOP base is handing the microphone to a calm and well spoken man.

    GOOD ? perhaps Rubio can lead the GOP discussion again, which is now completely dysfunctional
    BAD? the lamb will be sacraficed to the uncompromising zealots

    He is no where near as crazy as Bachmann or any other Tea Party moniker.
    He is not likely to make a Akin or Mourcouch slip on on the national fora (again).
    He is relatable, unlike Mitt and the money banks machinery.

    He is acceptable by both the GOP and the Tea Party establishments.
    The real losers are all of us, who now have to hear about his 2016 run for 4 F*ing years.

  • sheknows

    True, he is the most logical choice to put the GOP 2 cents in. Whether or not they agree with him is another issue.
    Boehners praise of him is what irks. ” He’ll deliver a speech that speaks from the heart to the hopes and dreams of the middle class”. You mean Obama didn’t already DO that?? PULEEEZE
    They are grooming him for 2016 obviously, and making him the new poster child for “liberal conservatives”. They have new words to decribe the same thinking,and now a new face which isn’t quite as white to say them. I am not expecting anything really new from the Republican Party anytime soon.

  • sheknows

    “extolling the virtutes of limited government and free enterprise” says Rubio. Translation: Less government regulation and more corporate freedom to do whatever they want. Same message, new wording.

  • KP

    I don’t think power is shifting anytime soon in the White House or Senate. Do we want immigration reform? If so, do we want it in a bipartisan way? A way that Rubio may be a key player in? The man may have some good ideas. Listen up.

  • hyperflow

    They are grooming him for 2016 obviously, and making him the new poster child for “liberal conservatives”.

    Door #1: Rubio takes the middle of the road, is tarred and feathered “RINO”
    Door #2: Rubio becomes the lynchpin — the central cohesive element that the Tea Party uses to beat the GOP bloody.

    The very Future of the GOP is on Rubio’s doorstop.
    If he fails to lead an adult dialogue, the floor will fall out.

    Yes, the picture is that bleak for the GOP.

  • ShannonLeee

    Lets hope this is not a Jindal moment for Rubio. I don’t see the political advantage of doing this now. He would be better off waiting two years. The GOP tossing a Latino out there now is no different that electing Steele as RNC Chairman after 2008.

    The GOP is so clueless when it comes to minorities that they can only react to failure, as opposed to planning success or even real inclusion.

    We will see a light skinned brother giving the SorU address.
    We will see a european looking latino give the response.

    progress?? sure, but we still need our white visuals