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.
-- Marco Rubio, Tea Party Pretty Boy
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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.
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.