Whenever presidents give State of the Union addresses, the opposition party chooses one person to deliver the official response. In recent years, an additional tea party response was added. This year, there will be three––count ’em, THREE––separate State of the Union rebuttals from three different Republicans. The official Republican party response will be delivered by Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, giving her a brief moment in the spotlight to make a name for herself nationally.
However, last week the group Tea Party Express announced that Senator Mike Lee, who played a major part in Ted Cruz‘s big 21-hour Obamacare filibuster, would be delivering the official tea party response to the State of the Union. Previous tea party post-SOTU speakers have been Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, and Rand Paul.
And speaking of Rand Paul, the Kentucky senator will be… yep, you guessed it!… delivering his own rebuttal to the State of the Union. Paul’s speech appears not to be in connection with any group, just something he decided to do.
So that is, in total, three separate Republicans giving three separate rebuttals to the State of the Union address.
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