Sen. Marco Rubio (R) of Florida will deliver the GOP response to the State of the Union address. He carries on his back the hopes of a party that lost badly among Latino voters in the presidential race.
Marco Rubio is the “it” man of the Republican Party.
The junior senator from Florida is Latino, young, articulate, and photogenic – and on Tuesday night, he will deliver the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union (SOTU) message. In a first, he will give the speech in both English and Spanish.
On his back, Senator Rubio carries the hopes of a party that lost badly among Latino voters in the presidential race, winning just 27 percent. But Rubio represents more than just outreach to America’s fastest-growing ethnic minority: He is, Republicans hope, a bridge to other minorities who also fled Mitt Romney in droves.
Just as important as Rubio’s face and name will be his tone. He is the new “compassionate conservative.”
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