In a Wednesday interview, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said that Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is unrivaled in the GOP for his “vision of what being conservative … ought to mean, particularly in the context of immigration.” Flake added that it was critical that Rubio, the most prominent Latino elected politician in the country, “has stepped forward [on immigration reform]. He’s the real linchpin in this effort.” Consistent with Flake’s remarks, Rubio was just selected to give the response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday, in both Spanish and English.
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