Bachmann plans to give Tea Party State of the Union response
January 21, 2011 — 3:51pm
Republicans announced Friday that Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan would deliver the party’s official rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union next week, but Rep. Michele Bachmann has planned a response of her own.
The Tea Party Express sent an email to supporters Friday that said Bachmann will give a response after the president’s address to be broadcast on their website.
For Bachmann, who unsuccessfully tried to join GOP House leadership after the 2010 elections, the rebuttal could be seen as another sign of her presidential ambitions. She has said repeatedly she wants to “repeal” Obama in 2012.
The speech will cap a busy few days for the Minnesota Republican: After a speech in Iowa later today, she is going to the state Capitol for a pro-life event Saturday, hosting Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia at the U.S. Capitol Monday to kick off her Constitution classes, and delivering the keynote address at the March for Life Rose dinner that night.
A Duluth native who just barely lost Virginia's GOP gubernatorial primary said that politicians have not gone far enough in condemning the left for violence during a rally of white nationalists in Charlottesville. "I think that the left is going to try to use this as an excuse to crack down on conservative free speech," said Corey Stewart. "I think they're going to try to use this as an excuse to remove more historical monuments."