Rand Paul to carry Tea Party banner in SOTU response
President Barack Obama will give the first State of the Union address of his second term tomorrow night. It’s expected that he will build upon the incredibly partisan, Leftist agenda laid out in his inaugural address at a time when Republicans in Congress are still struggling to find their message.
While Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) will give the Republican response to the State of the Union address, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) will offer a more stark contrast between the policies of the Obama Administration by giving the official Tea Party response:
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will deliver the Tea Party’s official response to President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, Tea Party Express announced on Friday.
“Since the President has been re-elected, the debt has continued to skyrocket and unemployment has ticked up, but he has offered no solutions and has shown no leadership,” said Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer. “In contrast, Senator Rand Paul has put forth solutions that would spur economic growth and rein in Washington’s out-of-control spending. We are excited that Senator Paul, a conservative leader and strong voice for the Tea Party movement, will be offering our perspective on the state of the union.”
Sen. Paul has been building his profile in recent weeks, focusing primarily on foreign policy. During a recent confirmation hearing, Sen. Paul grilled Sen. John Kerry over the Obama Administration’s policy of unilateral war. And just last week, Sen. Paul outlined a constitutional, true conservative approach to foreign policy.
Giving the Tea Party response to the State of the Union will offer Sen. Paul a chance to get back to his fiscally conservative, free market roots and build up grassroots support ahead of his anticipated presidential run in 2016.