¡Buena Suerte Rubio!
Published: Friday, February 22, 2013
Updated: Sunday, February 24, 2013 16:02
Following President Obama’s State of the Union address, Marco Rubio voiced a response as a spokesperson for the Republican Party. The party strategically chose Rubio, a Florida senator, because of his Cuban-American heritage and his focus on immigration reform. As seen in the recent election, the Republicans desperately need the Hispanic vote, so a Cuban-American spokesperson would do nicely.
Rubio agreed with Obama on some issues, yet disagreed entirely on aspects such as gun control, immigration policy, and the economy. He explained how he lives in a blue collar neighborhood, and how his “neighbors aren’t millionaires.” Rubio blatantly stated his disapproval of the State of the Union by also commenting,
After doing some research, I learned that Rubio is moving to D.C to live in a 2 million dollar home to leave the neighborhood he obviously cares so dearly for. He is hoping to gather more Hispanic voters for the Republican Party. ¡Buena suerte Rubio!
Rubio’s remarks were eloquently stated and covered a wide array of political responses, yet they seemed too familiar. For instance, he cited a way to save Medicare, yet that same plan was basically rejected by voters in public opinion polls in 2012. As seen recently, the Republicans are unpopular.
They have angered many conservative base voters, which they hope not to alienate by adding any newness to the Republican Party’s plan.
Obama bravely put forth his plans towards immigration reform, the economy, gun control, pulling troops out of war, and other key subjects.
Yet Marco Rubio was just filling the air with his voice. He reiterated their policy goals, which clearly have been unpopular with voters.
Overall, Rubio’s response made his party look bad. If the Republicans want to keep their conservative voter base and increase their Hispanic vote, they will have to be braver and more inventive than that.