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Rubio's State of the Union response heavy on religion

Published: Saturday, July 4 2015 3:13 p.m. MDT

In this frame grab from video, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio takes a sip of water during his Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Washington. (Associated Press) In this frame grab from video, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio takes a sip of water during his Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Washington. (Associated Press)

Our take: Politicians often use religious terminology to connect with certain audiences. In this story, Kate Shellnutt in Christianity Today compares President Obama’s State of the Union speech to Sen. Marco Rubio’s GOP response. According to Shellnutt, Rubio scored higher on the religion index.

While Sen. Marco Rubio directly referred to blessings, prayer, and God-given rights in the Republican response to last night’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama spoke in less outwardly religious terms as he called on Americans as citizens to serve one another. Both politicians referred to Americans as “authors” of the country’s future.

Rubio, a week after being called “The Republican Savior” on the cover of Time, framed many political issues in religious terms.

He told the military they were “in our prayers.” He referred to America’s energy resources as blessings from God. He incorporated a pro-life perspective into a description of the country’s values, saying “we believe that every life, at every stage, is precious.” He called the American dream a “God-given right.”

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