Florida Senator Marco Rubio will give the Republican response to Obama's State of the Union speech next week. He'll deliver it in both Spanish and English.
Rubio is widely seen as a contender for president in 2016. And with his Cuban-American heritage, he's often touted as a quick fix for the GOP's Latino vote problem. He's beloved by the conservative grassroots and is thought of as a Tea Party success story.
What will Rubio be tasked with rebutting? If Obama's inaugural speech is anything to go by, we can expect the POTUS to mention immigration reform, gun control, same-sex marriage, and climate change.
@stepped_in_it well I know that Obama's going to horse sh*t the country about how good things are going.... and I know rubia will point out that Obama is horseshi*ting the country about how good things are going.... I don't see where the cool aid comes in
I didn't see a choice I cared for. Rubio is the "pretty boy" of the field and the GOP has about 3 years to their prospects up and down the flagpole. In my view Rubio is about a mile wide and inch deep and pretty much a Cuban George W. Bush. Someone who will look good, say what he's told and pretty much stay out of the way of the establishment GOP while they do the dirty work for the ultra rich in destroying the middle class. They'd love Rubion because of his charismatic looks but I have my doubts he has enough depth to him to stay the course.
@tomincali Rubio really a "machine politics creation". They groomed him in Florida and he's come up the ladder just as they have worked with him to do. Good looking, young, they will sell him as being a 'conservative Latino JFK". But he's really more like a GW Bush. He's a puppet of the Rove/GOP machine. Both parties try to have an "alternative" guy at all times. That's how Obama got in. The GOP's guy is Rubio. I think it will be interesting to see how he sells to the American Public beyond the hard right. I don't think there's much to him but it will be interesting to watch how America reacts to the various trial balloons both parties float.
@jessejaymes i will have to do some searching,read something on him before even knowing who he was years back. if i remember right it was something to the effect a complete apposite of what he is selling now.
This is 2013....right? "Rubio is widely seen as a contender for president in 2016".....that's 3 years away and anything can happen between now and then! Rubio is also Cuban-American....not Mexican-American. Big difference.
Shhh, don't let the GOP know that. It's a secret that everyone but them seems to know. You know, the secret that most hispanics don't get along well with Cubans thing. I remember working with some latin american men who were all here on visa. There was one trait they shared, they all talked trash about the Cubans who were working with us and told us not to trust them all they did was talk trash about us in spanish. Oddly enough, that's exactly what the Cubans said about them as well. This was not just a Mexico vs Cuba thing either. It was Mexico, Honduras, Guatamala, Panama, Puerto Rico vs Cuba thing. So roll out your new Herman Cain to try and show you get it and understand them while demonstrating that you don't and try to shove down Paul Ryan down our throats again like we know you are.
@frigginhell bahaha.....Mexicans have a problem with their southern and eastern neighbors just like Americans have problems with their southern neighbors! And the majority of our Hispanic-Americans and Illegals are.....Mexican! See what happens when you're a white angry (and clueless) old man!
Actually, I believe a Cuban-American can better relate to the government taking away privileges and over-meddling...see Fidel Castro...believe me...every Cuban-American I have spoken to is disappointed the current political climate in the US is looking more and more socialist by the day...
@jaybebo84 welp, it's not how they relate and I'm not taking anything away from a Cuban-American. It's that the majority of the Latino or Hispanic (or whatever they want to be called) in America are Mexican.....and Latino's are just as prejudiced of other Latino's as the present prejudices that are in America.
He'll do as well as any other non-white Republican (and better than Bobby Jindal, one can fervently hope). The problem for the GOP is they don't have a lot of people of color to draw from. As Mike Murphy says, the Republican party doesn't have a deep bench, all they have is a folding chair.
Jindal has damaged himself recently by being critical of the party. Rubio has still been towing the line, bashing gays, blocking women's rights etc. The only place he leans a little left is on immigration reform.
I don't know, I rarely sit down to listen the SOTU speeches and I'm pretty sure that I've never ever heard even one rebuttal speech. I'll just wait for the talking heads sound bites! I'm sure one side will tell us it was the greatest speech since Kennedy while the other side will tell us that it is more communists/socialist BS!
Couldn't we have found a 5th grader? It'd be kinda cute: Obama - "Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age." 5th Grader - "Obama continues to fail his assigned economics homework. The hard choices he has chosen to undertake include where to vacation and what club to use when golfing. No attempt has been made to pass a budget that even his party could agree to. Grade - F"
Obama - " We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories." 5th Grader - "Part of my future was spent by the president on a solar panel company that everyone said wasn't a good company. Sure enough, it went bankrupt. If energy prices keep going up, our factories will continue to go away."
Obama - "The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works -- whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government." 5th Grader - "It still doesn't work. It hasn't helped families find jobs at any wage, and my parents medical costs are going up. If I could only make $60 on weekends I wouldn't think it wise to commit to spending $84 every week. I'd consider that a bad habt that needs to be reformed."
I might be inclined to consider the rebuttal if it were given by someone that is informed and unheard of. I will not listen to the words of any politician. They twist words and sentences to form meanings that are not in context with what is said.
Exactly how can you automatically prepare to rebut when he hasn't even spoke? They would argue with any statement made such as " look!!! a brown cow, no no it is a gray cow!!!!" So pathetic what the politicians have done to this country, they have no morals!