13 February, 2013

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Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida offered the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, focusing on growth, economic opportunity and immigrants.

“This opportunity – to make it to the middle class or beyond no matter where you start out in life – it isn’t bestowed on us from Washington. It comes from a vibrant free economy where people can risk their own money to open a business,” he said.

He also slammed Obama for his economic policies. “President Obama? He believes it’s the cause of our problems,” said the Florida senator, who is considered a possible GOP candidate for president in 2016. “That the economic downturn happened because our government didn’t tax enough, spend enough and control enough. And, therefore, as you heard tonight, his solution to virtually every problem we face is for Washington to tax more, borrow more and spend more.”

< p>However, he ended with a message of hope. “Despite our differences, I know that both Republicans and Democrats love America. I pray we can come together to solve our problems, because the choices before us could not be more important.”

Rubio also delivered his remarks in Spanish.

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul delivered a second Republican response on behalf of tea party supporters, in which he challenged the president to dramatically cut spending. “We must stand firm. We must say no to more tax hikes,” added Paul.

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