Feb. 13 - U.S. Senator Marco Rubio attempts to reach out to centrists during the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address. Sarah Charlton reports.
In response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, one Republican has tried to soften his party's tone. In a back-to-back speech, Senator Marco Rubio tried to shed his party's image as a defender of the rich. He warned that Washington cannot tax its way to economic growth. SOUNDBITE: (English) SENATOR MARCO RUBIO, REPUBLICAN OF FLORIDA, SAYING: "So Mr. President, I don't oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbours. Hard-working middle class Americans who don't need us to come up with a plan to grow the government. They want a plan to grow the middle class." The speech was a crucial moment for the Republican, as his party tries to reach out to the fast-growing Latino population. Rubio is widely viewed as a contender for the presidency in 2016.