Rand Paul to Give Tea Party Response to Obama
Sets up contrast between him, Rubio
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2013 6:07 AM CST
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The Tea Party will again have its own official response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night, and it has picked Rand Paul to deliver it, reports CNN. The Kentucky senator will speak after Marco Rubio delivers the GOP response. "We are giving a voice to the Tea Party movement when the mainstream media and the Republican establishment wants to write us off as dead," says the chairperson of Tea Party Express.

The selection of Paul is "not surprising but still significant," writes Allahpundit at Hot Air. After all, both he and Rubio are expected to be presidential candidates, and Rubio has previously been a Tea Party favorite. "You can see both of their 2016 primary strategies shaping up here: Paul will run to the right while he tries to build credibility with centrists and Rubio will run a bit further to the center while he tries to maintain his credibility with the right."

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Feb 11, 2013 3:23 PM CST
Tea Party sucks just as bad as muslims
Feb 10, 2013 4:35 PM CST
Who's gonna give the "Birthday Party" response? How 'bout the "Kegger Party" response, the famous "Disinterested Third Party" response? EVERY party, just JOIN IN!!!
Feb 10, 2013 1:39 PM CST
Tea party response: Whatever the president just said, we don't want to do that. there way faster than listening to them try to talk.