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Marco Rubio Will Deliver the GOP's State of the Union Rebuttal In English and Spanish

Any doubts that the Republican party is pinning all hopes of recouping Hispanic voters on Miami's own Sen. Marco Rubio should be dispelled by the news out this morning: Rubio isn't just going to deliver his party's rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union speech next Tuesday, he'll be giving the same speech in both English and Spanish.


It's the first time the GOP's ever had someone give such a high profile speech in two languages, the Miami Herald's Marc Caputo reports.

"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," Rubio says in a statement.

The State of the Union rebuttal is viewed as a prime showcase for rising talent, not that anyone doubted that Rubio represents a prime hope for future GOP elections.

The real question is how much Rubio will talk about immigration -- a decision that could come down to how much Obama touches on the topic.

TIME Magazine's Michael Grunwald has a new piece out this morning looking at Rubio's evolving -- or flip-flopping, depending on your political outlook -- views on immigration reform.

As a West Miami state representative, Rubio backed benefits for undocumented immigrants; as a higher profile House speaker, he didn't. The whole firestorm over Rubio's own grandfather being an undocumented immigrant -- a fact revealed in Manuel Roig-Franzia's biography last year -- further complicated his narrative.

Now TIME reports that in December, his mother, Oriales, left him a voicemail with a simple message: "Don't mess with the immigrants, my son. Please, don't mess with them."

Immigration aside, it's a fair bet that Rubio's questionable taste in Pitbull tracks and Swedish House Mafia fist-pumpers will probably not make the cut for the rebuttal.

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