State of the Union 2015 Address: Rep. Carlos Curbelo to Deliver Spanish-Language Republican Response
The Republican Party has selected a Cuban American freshman congressman to deliver the GOP's State of the Union rebuttal in Spanish Tuesday night.
Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., would deliver the Spanish-language address.
Curbelo's speech, however, might not be specifically catered for Spanish viewers. A press release from GOP.gov had stated he will deliver the translated address by Sen. Joni Ernst, who will deliver the English version of the Republican response. As of Tuesday afternoon, the press release has since removed reference of the translated speech by Ernst.
"Carlos Curbelo is a fresh voice with a positive vision for a future of opportunity and prosperity. He is exactly what Washington needs, and the person Americans should hear from in this time of challenge and opportunity for our country," Boehner said.
"It is a true privilege to deliver the Spanish-Language Republican Address," said Curbelo in a statement.
Curbelo's statement continued into talking points that could highlight the Republican response's address.
"As part of America's New Congress, I am excited to work with my colleagues to advance good solutions that will empower American families to achieve a better quality of life. We must work together towards policies that will lead to a healthy economy that offers greater opportunity for all Americans - especially those who feel left behind. And we should insist on a strong foreign policy that recognizes the need for American leadership in an increasingly dangerous world," Curbelo said.
— Rep. Carlos Curbelo (@RepCurbelo) January 20, 2015
Photos of Curbelo circulated on social media showing the Florida representative rehearsing tonight's speech. While Ernst's rehearsal showed her standing for her response, Curbelo was shown sitting in front of a white door and the American flag.
Curbelo was elected as representative of Florida's 26th Congressional District, defeating Democratic incumbent and fellow Cuban American Joe Garcia. He officially started his term three weeks ago.
The State of the Union address starts at 9 p.m. EST tonight. The Republican response will immediately follow.
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