House majority leader says Ryan, not Bachmann, "giving the official Republican response"
January 24th, 2011
03:47 PM ET
4 years ago

House majority leader says Ryan, not Bachmann, "giving the official Republican response"

Washington (CNN) – There may be two House Republicans giving high-profile responses to President Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, but House Majority Leader Eric Cantor made it clear that it's the new House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, not Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is speaking for the GOP.

"Paul Ryan is giving the official Republican response," Cantor said when asked at his weekly session with reporters if Bachmann's response will step on the GOP message.

After House Speaker John Boehner and Senator GOP Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Friday that Ryan would deliver the GOP response, the Tea Party Express put out word that Rep. Bachmann would also be commenting on the President's speech and they would broadcast her remarks on their website. On Monday, her office welcomed network television coverage of her speech, which will be delivered from the Capitol Hill Club, just steps away from the U.S. Capitol campus.

Lumping Rep. Bachmann in with the rest of the entire membership of Congress, Cantor said, "You know Michelle Bachmann, just like the other 534 members of the House and Senate, are going to have opinions as to the State of the Union." The House Majority Leader added, "This is a process that happens every year and I look forward to all comments," and noted again that Ryan's was the official Republican response to the president.

Pressed by CNN that unlike most other members of Congress, Bachmann's remarks were expected to receive similar televised coverage as Ryan's official response, Cantor laughed, and asked, "Then maybe I should ask why is that the case?"


Filed under: Eric Cantor • Michele Bachmann • Paul Ryan
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - John "The Weeper of the House" Boehner

    Michelle Bachmann is a nutjob. I guess she's giving the Tea Party response to the State of the Union and the republican response. This woman is dying for attention. God forbid if she ever runs for higher office. If she had half a brain she'd realize that alot of the country believes she's a lunatic.

    January 24, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Take that you baggers! You have just been screwed by the very best the republican party has to offer, Boner boy. But in his defense, Paul Ryan can alter facts faster and draw unrelated conclusions better than Bachmann. Paul may not be as overtly nasty, hateful and divisive, but he follows the "Hell no!' principles to a tee.

    January 24, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Bob Dog

    Its delightful to see Michelle Bachmann continue to embarrass everyone and everything she represents, especially the folks in Minnesota who continue to inflict this clown on Washington, DC, and the rest of America.

    January 24, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I loved Ryan's made up chart on health reform, that negated the CBO report, and drew conclusions not based on facts.

    January 24, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Reminds me of the time Flailin' Palin wanted to take center stage away from McCain in giving the concession speech during the '08 election.
    McCain's response was a quick "STFU and sit down Sarah dahling"!!!

    Who's going to tell Bat$hit Bachmann to do the same? Or are we obliged to hear every Rethuglican respond to the President's State of the Union because they can't even agree on who's going to speak for them?
    Just wondering.....

    January 24, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  6. LooneyBin

    Cantor said that because he's worried the viewing public won't understand Bachmann when her eyes roll into the back of her head and she starts talking in tongues.

    January 24, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Gil

    No! I think that the nut speaks for the re[publican party , but which nut? Ryan, the fring radical conservative or Bachmann, the find radical teabugger nut case?

    January 24, 2011 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  8. andrewstl

    let the craziness begin!!!

    see you right wing loonies are good for something

    January 24, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  9. DB

    Cantor laughed, and asked, "Then maybe I should ask why is that the case?"
    Exactly, Rep Cantor asks an obvious and important question, who cares about Bachmann and why would she receive any televised attention? People like Palin and Bachmann need to be ignored by the media until they have something important to say that most Americans care about.

    January 24, 2011 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  10. Mikey

    Oh, but Bachmann is so much more entertaining. You never know what will come out of her mouth. The psycho factor makes her a much better representative for the T-Party.

    A T-Party member posting on another article today tried to defend their movement and wrote that we all need to wake up, because "they" are trying to remove "in god we trust" from our currency. This explains exactly what is wrong with the T-Party; (1) they are actually more social/religious reactionaries than a fiscally conservative group and (2) the charge is TOTALLY FALSE, like most of their extreme claims. The T-Party slogan should be: "Wrongheaded and usually just plain wrong"

    January 24, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  11. Oregon Calling

    Things that make you go hmmmmmmm. I wonder if this is considered in-fighting? ;-)

    Peace :-)

    January 24, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  12. vic nashville tn

    2009 many predicted after the election GOP will divided

    January 24, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  13. Seriously?

    Go ahead Bachmann, keep dividing the Right. Tea baggers v. Republicans. Gotta love it. These folks make is so easy to vote Democrat.

    January 24, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  14. Former Republican - Now Independent

    Who left Cantor in charge of deciding who gives the official response.

    If the Republican leadership can't agree on who is giving the GOP's official response to the State of the Union Message (I am not even certain why any response is needed in the first place), then why should I waste my time listening to either?

    January 24, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  15. Expat American

    If neither Bachman, Palin or O’Donnell speak for the GOP; then why was the GOP so happy to let the three stooges regurgitate their unintelligent verbal diarrhea for so long until now?

    Did the GOP need these three scholars to rouse up the bigots and racists…without having to acknowledge that this is exactly what there were doing and needed to be done all along?

    GOP to Bachman, Palin, O’Donnell:

    “Thanks for getting those crosses burning’ burning bright and hot again, ladies, because we need the votes…..but if anyone asks, we never met…”

    January 24, 2011 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  16. Name king

    What a repug stand up to a tea bagger, well I guest the tea baggers are going to see about mr boner.

    January 24, 2011 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. American

    So, Rep. Ryan and his roadmap speak for the GOP? Privatize Social Security & Medicare, putting our seniors' retirements at risk, and tax burdens on the middle class while giving huge tax breaks to the rich.

    Not sure which is worse then: Ryan's budgeting disaster or the lying "takeover/crown jewel of socialism" Bachmann? I mean; who says that? Politicians...

    January 24, 2011 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  18. carrotroot

    I'm not a Tea Party supporter, but at least have some nicer words to say to the people campaigned their hearts out for your side! A little hey we get it would be nice.

    January 24, 2011 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. MF

    This is the a cmapaing strategy of the republicans. They want Obama's speech to drown while the republicans talk to critise the President. Thats the best they can do and are good at. Republicans are like vultures ready to pounce on the President at every opportunity they get. SUCH CHEAP TRILLS AND STRATEGIES

    January 24, 2011 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  20. GL

    I see a big problem is the GOP and their Tea Baggers.

    January 24, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. GL

    House Speaker John Boehner is going to go down as one of the weakest House Speaker if he do not put Michelle in her place.

    January 24, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  22. MikefromWV

    Me thinks that the GOP has a problem deciding who speaks for it. That problem, this time, is named Bachmann. The "Tea Party" is really having fun with GOP party leaders. Who really speaks for the party??? 2012 should be really interesting. The GOP's current list of potential Presidential candidates is sure going to make it easy for Obama to waltz right into a second term.

    January 24, 2011 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  23. GL

    Give them hell Michelle.

    January 24, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    What's most telling about this GOP circus is that Bachmann is ready to respond to President Obama's State of the Union address – even though she hasn't heard it yet.

    Like so many on the right today, Bachmann is an unthinking ideologue, more than willing to say anything to the perceived "base" of the GOP: apparently a bunch of mean-spirited, fearful, misinformed ignoramuses who want to take down our president and our country, all for the sake of power and money.

    What a pack of losers!

    January 24, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  25. CK in MN

    If you haven't figured it out yet, Michele Bachmann doesn't want to be a leader, just a star.

    January 24, 2011 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
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