WASHINGTON – The GOP has picked Marco Rubio to respond to President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, giving the Florida senator a chance to trumpet his party’s stances and raise his profile.
House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch Connell (R-Ky.) announced the decision Wednesday, declaring Rubio to be “a champion of growing the American middle class.”
“I’m honored to have this opportunity to discuss how limited government and free enterprise have helped make my family’s dream come true in America,” Rubio said in a statement.
Rubio has also become, for Republicans looking to moderate their views, a champion for immigration reform. As a member of a bipartisan group of eight senators, split evenly between Democrats and Republicans, Rubio has called for comprehensive immigration reform, including the opportunity for citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the country.