Rand Paul Tea Party SOTU Response

February 14, 2013 by bfranklin2076

Stark opposite from the Obama SOTU speech and even some big differences from the Marco Rubio mainstream Republican speech.  Overall a good job by Rand trying to bring together the Libertarians and Big Government conservatives.

“When the Tea Party Express tapped Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann to deliver its response to President Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address, the movement it represented was not even two years old — but at the peak of its influence in national politics.

Fresh off a mixed bag of sweeping victories and high-profile defeats in the 2010 midterms, the Tea Party had proven its ability to uproot the status quo both within the Republican Party and in Congress as a whole.

With Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul set to deliver the Tea Party’s third annual response to the State of the Union speech on Tuesday, the pressure is on for the group to prove its ongoing influence, particularly amid growing criticism from establishment Republicans who accuse it of promoting unelectable candidates at the larger GOP’s expense.

In an interview with RCP, Tea Party Express Chairwoman Amy Kremer acknowledged the moment’s significance.

“I really think it’s more important than ever for us to do it this year because there have been reports of the Tea Party’s demise, but we’re absolutely still here and focused and engaged,” Kremer said. “The Republican Party doesn’t represent everybody in the Tea Party movement, and they certainly don’t speak for us.”

The content of Bachmann’s 2011 speech was overshadowed by a technical hiccup: The congresswoman looked into a camera provided by the Tea Party Express, which was streaming her remarks online, rather than at the network pool camera that beamed her comments into millions of homes. The upshot was that Bachmann appeared to be speaking to someone other than viewers.””

Read more at: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2013/02/12/rand_pauls_sotu_response_key_to_tea_partys_future_116989.html

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