Rubio downplays Time cover: 'There is only one savior'

The profile focuses on Rubio's push for comprehensive immigration reform, calling him the "great Hispanic hope of the Republican Party" after a 2012 election cycle that saw Hispanic voters break heavily for President Obama. Last week, Rubio joined with a bipartisan group of senators to call for a pathway to citizenship for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants.

On Wednesday, Republican leadership aides announced Rubio will deliver the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address. Rubio also plans to tape a version in Spanish for networks like Telemundo and Univision.

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"Marco Rubio is one of our party’s most dynamic and inspiring leaders. He carries our party’s banner of freedom, opportunity and prosperity in a way few others can. His family’s story is a testament to the promise and greatness of America," House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said in a statement on Wednesday.