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Marco Rubio to deliver GOPís State of the Union response, of course
Hotair ^ | 02/07/2013 | AllahPundit

Posted on 02/07/2013 6:45:34 AM PST by SeekAndFind

Who else could it have been? Jindal and Paul Ryan have already done it, Rand Paul’s probably still too close to the rEVOLution for Republican leaders to be comfortable with him in a spot like this, and Chris Christie would just end up talking about how terrific Obama’s speech was. Half the reason party leaders are pushing amnesty, I’m convinced, is because Rubio’s that good in front of a mic and this issue gives him access to lots and lots of microphones. If, as McCain bluntly concedes, immigration reform is all about earning goodwill from Latino voters, then of course the party’s biggest Latino star gets this platform. And in case you’re hazy on who the target audience here is, Rubio will deliver his address in English and Spanish:

“Marco Rubio is 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. His family’s story is a testament to the promise and greatness of America,” said Speaker Boehner. “He’ll deliver a GOP address that speaks from the heart to the hopes and dreams of the middle class; to our party’s commitment to life and liberty; and to the unlimited potential of America when government is limited and effective.”

“Marco Rubio embodies the optimism that lies at the heart of the Republican vision for America. On Tuesday, he will 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,” said Senator McConnell. “Marco’s own experience as the child of immigrants has always informed his belief in limited government and free enterprise, which is why he has helped lead the fight against out-of-control spending and job-destroying tax hikes that continue to hold our economy back and stifle opportunity for millions. He was a natural choice to deliver the Republicans’ alternative to the administration’s reliance on government and debt.”

“I’m honored to have this opportunity to discuss how limited government and free enterprise have helped make my family’s dreams come true in America,” said Senator Rubio. “Limited government and free enterprise are the very foundation of what makes America special and separates us from the world, particularly through our strong middle class. I look forward to laying out the Republican case of how our ideas can help people close the gap between their dreams and the opportunities to realize them.”

Immigration will be mentioned in the speech, but an aide to Rubio tells CNN that that won’t be the focus. The focus, wisely, is on convincing middle-class voters more broadly that they’ll do better with the GOP’s limited government agenda. Rubio told Rush Limbaugh last week he’s confident that he (not necessarily the party, but he himself) can sell that idea. With America having just reelected the Sixteen Trillion Dollar Man, I’m pretty confident that no one can. Prove this eeyore wrong, Marco. Please.

Exit question: Between this and his influence over the fate of immigration reform, is Rubio the new de facto leader of the GOP?


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1 posted on 02/07/2013 6:45:36 AM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

In English or Spanish?


2 posted on 02/07/2013 6:47:23 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: SeekAndFind
Between this and his influence over the fate of immigration reform, is Rubio the new de facto leader of the GOP?

No.

3 posted on 02/07/2013 6:49:48 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Both.


4 posted on 02/07/2013 6:49:48 AM PST by South40
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To: SeekAndFind

So, apparently 2016 is his turn.

:-(


5 posted on 02/07/2013 6:50:38 AM PST by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The focus, wisely, is on convincing middle-class voters more broadly that they’ll do better with the GOP’s limited government agenda.

I cannot take Rubio's smaller government rhetoric seriously as long as he's out in front on comprehensive immigration reform.

The two policies are in no way compatible.

6 posted on 02/07/2013 6:51:52 AM PST by skeeter
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To: skeeter
Rubio is not "out in front on comprehensive immigration reform."

He is out in front on amnesty and he has plenty of Republican support to make it happen.

7 posted on 02/07/2013 6:53:41 AM PST by South40
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To: South40; BlackElk

Rubio’s romance with Amnesty and Cantor’s romance with no child left behind can only denote that Conservatism Inc. or GOPe is dying or dead. Their only ideas are from 30 years ago and have failed. Bury them soon and let’s start on something new and relevant.


8 posted on 02/07/2013 6:59:37 AM PST by iopscusa (El Vaquero. (SC Lowcountry Cowboy))
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To: iopscusa

Conservatism, IMO, has just entered a decade or two in the wilderness. We are going to have to rebuild our own party and take the GOP out at the kneecaps in order to take this country back. And the sooner we all get onboard with that the better.


9 posted on 02/07/2013 7:11:43 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog

During that 2 decades the illegals will amnestied and this country is lost. It will only be recovered by a massive reset event such as total collapse of world markets, a civil war, or a man made epidemic to thin the heard and wake people up. We can only hope that whatever happens does on a world wide scale so we are not vulnerable from the outside while we reset.


10 posted on 02/07/2013 7:21:57 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: Buckeye McFrog
In English or Spanish?

Per a related thread yesterday, BOTH. It will be delivered in English and in Spanish.

Ain't multiculturalism grand!

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As for his amnesty stance: Either he is playing the 'conservatives' who are jumping on his bandwagon or McCain and the rest of the gang are playing him.

If he actually believed 'securing the border' is such as priority, why isn't he insisting that it be done NOW with existing laws, rather than another package of new laws?

[Most of us already know that no set of politicians, either on Capitol Hill or in the White House, Democrats or Republicans, are going to secure the border. Per one thread, HSD Sec (Napolitano) will 'determine' when the border is secure. LOL, Yeah, right. Napolitano declared that several years ago.]
11 posted on 02/07/2013 7:30:06 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: cuban leaf
So, apparently 2016 is his turn.

Hard to say, at this point.

Christie, jBush, and Rubio are being touted as 'the one' for the next election.

Of course, half of those from 2012 will also try again, at least in the early stages of the 2016 race.
12 posted on 02/07/2013 7:33:06 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: cuban leaf
Exit question: Between this and his influence over the fate of immigration reform, is Rubio the new de facto leader of the GOP?

He speaks bettert spanish than Jeb Bush, McCain is almost bound to be in his corner, and they can point to his 2012 Tea Party credentials.
Like it or not, he's all alone on the fast track.

13 posted on 02/07/2013 7:48:42 AM PST by norton
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Apparently, he speaks bettert spanish than I type English.


14 posted on 02/07/2013 7:50:08 AM PST by norton
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To: SeekAndFind

to hell with rubio, why couldn’t Ted Cruz give the response?


15 posted on 02/07/2013 8:04:21 AM PST by GraceG
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Rubio is proof the GOP is already throwing 2016 for the Dems. This Amnesty Liberal will be a disaster


16 posted on 02/07/2013 8:57:20 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (GOP = Greenlighting Obama's Programs)
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To: TomGuy

IMO, Rubio is a stalking horse.

He’ll suck all the air out of the room from conservatives for the next couple of years, then gracefully step aside when his mentor, Jeb Bush, throws his hat into the ring.

We’ll see.


17 posted on 02/07/2013 9:08:56 AM PST by Bratch
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To: SeekAndFind

This could be the kiss of death for Rubio. In the past, the Repubs that give the response to SOTU are left in the mud. This isn’t some sort of launching pad as some seem to believe.


18 posted on 02/07/2013 9:31:00 AM PST by chuckles
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To: GraceG
I agree that Cruz would give the better response, but many believe this is some sort of a launching pad to Prez. Cruz is a Canadian, he can't be Prez. I disagree that the response is that important. I would rather have someone verbally dismantle Obama that worry about the Prez race 3 years from now.

Cruz is my Senator, I love him so far. A lot can happen between now and 2016. Usually, people burn out if the peak too soon before the election. I would be surprised if Rand Paul, Rubio, Paul Ryan, Christie, and other usual suspects even last till 2016. It almost always turns out to be someone we aren't talking about right now.

19 posted on 02/07/2013 9:39:26 AM PST by chuckles
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To: SeekAndFind
“He’ll deliver a GOP address that speaks from the heart," Cry a little tear for me, Rosemarie. Yeah, that's what we need from the `loyal opposition', more emo from Boehner & Co.
20 posted on 02/07/2013 10:13:53 AM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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