Marco Rubio will make history will first bilingual response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio makes history Tuesday when he becomes the first Latino to give the GOP response to a presidential State of the Union address.
He will also give the first bilingual response to State of the Union remarks as Rubio counters President Obama’s speech.
Spanish-language media will receive an embargoed copy of the speech and it will be able to air it at the same time as English language networks. This is viewed as another effort by Rubio and the Republicans to reach out to the Latino voters.
“I think it’s an excellent development on behalf of the Republican Party,” said Arturo Vargas, executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials (NALEO).
“It shows the importance of Latinos in American politics that both parties are reaching out to Latinos who consume media in both English and Spanish.”
“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,” Rubio said in a statement.
“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,” he said. “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.”
For the Miami-born son of exiles, giving a bilingual speech is nothing new. He’ll give the English-language rebuttal live. The Spanish-language rebuttal will be pre-recorded.