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January 28, 2014 - 8:00 am

Those wanting to hear the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech tonight will have multiple options as lawmakers jockey for the public’s ear.

House Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), the No. 4 ranking GOP in the lower chamber, will deliver the official Republican address to the nation after Obama speaks.

“Cathy McMorris Rodgers is proof that with humility, hard work, and dedication, you can overcome any obstacle – a story to which many Americans can relate,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said. “Through the lens of her family’s experiences, Cathy will share our vision for a better America built on a thriving middle class, guided by a fierce belief in life and liberty, and grounded in greater trust between citizens and their government.  We are grateful to Cathy for lending her voice and perspective to this national occasion.”

McMorris Rodgers gave birth to all three of her children while in office. The eldest, Cole, has Down syndrome.

She was the first in her family to graduate from college and ascended to the GOP leadership ranks in 2009.

“Cathy McMorris Rodgers is an excellent choice to present the Republican Address and share an alternative approach to the President’s plans to grow an already enormous federal bureaucracy,” Senate Minority Leader McConnell (R-Ky.) said. “Her experience, hard work and commitment to family provide an example that Americans outside the halls of Congress understand.  A strong advocate of empowering citizens rather than just the federal government, Cathy is the right choice to deliver this important address.”

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) will deliver the official GOP response in Spanish.

The official Tea Party response to the State of the Union, a tradition that began in 2011, will be delivered by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) from the National Press Club after McMorris Rodgers’ reponse.

Lee has been soliciting ideas for the response on his Facebook page. His speech is expected to point out Obama’s role in creating income inequality and offer new ideas for the war on poverty.

Lee’s ally Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who delivered the official Tea Party response last year, will deliver his own State of the Union response tonight. Paul will post his speech, recorded in his office, on YouTube and promote it with cable news appearances.

And the Congressional Progressive Caucus will deliver a “people’s response” to the State of the Union via conference call.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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you know, as Obama said in 2008, "words, just words." They mean little when we know that he will propose more government, less popular participation, and in general continue to give the country away to whoever happens to come along. Ros-Lehtinen - hasn't she softened on illegal immigration to the point of accepting a general 'legalization' of the illegals.

To all those who say that this nation was built on immigration, I wish to clarify that by saying it was built on the labor - for the most part - of 'legal' immigrants, not illegals. This 12 to 30 million waiting in the shadows have already started to come out - like years ago - and consume more that they offer in labor, intellect or expertise. To hear our politicians and those on the Left simply reminds us how quickly we can be cast on the dungheap of history. Just think, our Greatest Power status has lasted less than a century - a mere flash in the pan of time.
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I had no idea Mike Lee was the official tea party responder.... to us who started the movement in 2007, this is the ONLY official tea party response since that time: http://www.ronpaulchannel.com/ron-pauls-live-state-union-coverage/
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Are we going to be drunkblogging the SOTUA tonight? If so I need some hooch.
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Bill Whittle should deliver the rebuttal. He's an effective, passionate speaker.
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RINO
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Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) will deliver the official GOP response in Spanish.

I gather from the fact that it's a different congresswoman than the one identified as giving the "main" response that this is actually a different speech, not just a translation. (Someone correct me if I'm wrong about that.) So there's a segregated SOTU response for Hispanics? WTF?
38 weeks ago
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Yeah, but who will deliver the truth.

And...deliver us from evil.
38 weeks ago
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Ron Paul, father of the tea party and who will give the official tea party response. http://www.ronpaulchannel.com/ron-pauls-live-state-union-coverage/
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As has always been the case, we will have to take on that job ourselves.
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