Paul says Bachmann response not a problem
January 25th, 2011
09:07 AM ET
3 years ago

Paul says Bachmann response not a problem

Washington (CNN) - Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is tamping down suggestions Rep. Michele Bachmann's planned response to President Obama's State of the Union Address is the latest sign of potential strife between the Tea Party movement and the GOP establishment.

Speaking on CNN's American Morning, Paul, himself a favorite of the Tea Party movement, said Bachmann's address isn't much different from the comments many Republicans will offer after Obama speaks.

"I'll be asked to comment, too," Paul said. "A lot of different senators and congressmen make comments. Only one official one the Republicans give and I think that is fine because you can't have ten different responses."

But Bachmann's response will go beyond a typical comment on Obama's speech. Instead, she is set broadcast her own response in a carefully choreographed event sponsored by the Tea Party Express. It will air on the group's website as well as its partner programmer, TeaPartyHD.com. CNN will also carry the speech live.

Still, Paul says Bachmann's response won't usurp that of Paul Ryan – the Wisconsin congressman whom the GOP asked to officially respond Obama.

"I think you get a variety of opinions and all Republicans aren't the same, but I don't see it as trying to usurp somebody else's prerogative. I think one main Republican message, but other voices as well."


Filed under: Michele Bachmann • Rand Paul • State of the Union
soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Adam

    Why is CNN covering it live? Will they give every other member of Congress who wishes to give his/her own remarks live coverage?

    January 25, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  2. Anne

    Of course all Republicans aren't the same. Neither are the Democrats. If this is his justification, then we might as well have a response from the independents, the Blue Dog Democrats, the libertarians, the Tea Partiers, social conservatives, the pro-life Democrats, the anti-war Republicans, the pro-choice, pro-pot, anti-war Democrats, etc. just so everyone feels their voice is being heard. If that means every single member of Congress has to give their own personalized response to the State of the Union, I guess Rand Paul is in favor of it!

    January 25, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. Bubba

    So the Tea Party, not the Grand Old Party, is now the official party of conservatism? That's great! Palin for half-President!

    January 25, 2011 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  4. Brons

    Who cares what she has to say. After her most recent speech in Iowa I firmly believe she's lost touch with reality not to mention history!!

    January 25, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. reggie davis hou tx

    Well. will this be any diffrent than the first address that our president give than. we still have people hate and to feel that an black president is stilll not right in their minds. if the democratic and repubicans with the independents would have work together. the first time i really feel we as amercans would be better off now. buut siince that did not happen we are this prosition now with all these unwanted problems. with talk shows that jump on the band wagon to keep People in diffrrent. like the tea party movement. fox news and msnbc are in battle to lead american in diffrent way of thinking. that cause these problems of not coming together as american no matter what color you are. i really feel that our president want the best of all americans. but with the hate we have causes problems here. we as american need to work together to things back on track.

    January 25, 2011 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  6. mikael

    accept that this woman is wacked. she is an opportunist and lets not forget how she was complaining that obama trip to india was going to cost millions a day, she never bothers to get the facts, everything this women says is based on lies

    January 25, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. Rsprings

    Of Course it is OK. Most people will know the difference between the Republican and Tea party responses. Good grief the talking heads on TV will have loads to say...most of it very partisan. Alos, there will be many interviews of Senators and Congressmen and women. Give me a break!

    January 25, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  8. Denise

    Rand Paul's quote: "I think you get a variety of opinions and all Republicans aren't the same, but I don't see it as trying to usurp somebody else's prerogative. I think one main Republican message, but other voices as well."
    Thank you, CNN, for confirming in print that the Tea Party is nothing more than extreme GOP.
    A new rule for Bill Maher's New Rules: You and your groupies can't masquerade as a "new political movement" when in fact you are just an extreme extension of one that already exists.

    January 25, 2011 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  9. David

    There is a tendency, primarily in the media, to assume that the Tea Party and the Republican Party are one and the same. This is not the case. While it is true that the Tea Party is closer to the Republican Party in terms of ideology, the Tea Party is not subservient to the Republican Party. The Tea Party's political views are their own and there will be times when they will differ from the Republican Party.

    January 25, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  10. DAW, NC

    need to do a fact check on her speech, she is famous for not getting her facts straight and attempting to rewrite history in how she portrays the past. guess is she will continue to misrepresent/distort reality to fit her goals

    January 25, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  11. Barking Alien

    The sooner the GOP boots out the Tea party nutcases the better. Let the Tea party become their own party and let them stand on their own merits. They are not helping each other since their views are incompatible.

    January 25, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  12. Joshua Ludd

    This from the man who said that instead of investigating the Deep Water Horizon spill and assigning blame for what was done wrong and against code... we should just throw our hands up and say "accidents happen" and do our best to avoid blaming anyone without even investigating whether or not anything illegal or unsafe was done.

    January 25, 2011 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  13. MikeInSA

    It's idiocy that the Tea Party Exprress is planning an event that will likely drown out Paul Ryan, one of the most intelligent, well-thought, well-spoken, and influential conservatives in America today (much more so than Bachman). Their organization is the screaming, tantrum-throwing 3 year-old of the citizens' movement. Along with Bachman, they put their organization's own self-promotion above conservative causes which is why (even though I support the Tea Party) I will never support their organization. I will never support Bachman, either, for the very same reason. She's nothing more than a self-aggrandizing squawk-box as opposed to other more thoughtful conservatives.

    January 25, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  14. KatR

    Bachman's speech should make it clear to all of us if the Tea Party ideology is different than the GOP ideology. Personally, I see the TP as a bridge between the GOP and Libertarian parties. More Libertarian than Republican.

    January 25, 2011 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  15. wwf

    What another joke she is. Another Palin. Lots of talk but not truth. She had better go back to school and brush up on her history. She made a complete fool of herself. However, if that is the type of person MN. wants, then they deserve what they get.

    January 25, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  16. Joshua Ludd

    I wonder... what lies that she found on the internet (so you know it must be true) will she be broadcasting to the entire nation this time? The fictional cost of one of Obama's trips? The wasteful transportation programs that... aren't actually in the bill? Lets face it, the only reason people want to hear what this woman says is the same reason people slow down and gawk at traffic accidents.

    January 25, 2011 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. A keen observer

    I think republicans will find managing their Tea Party wing will be a lot like herding cats!

    January 25, 2011 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  18. FM

    "Speaking on CNN's American Morning, Paul, himself a favorite of the Tea Party movement, said Bachmann's address isn't much different from the comments many Republicans will offer after Obama speaks."
    If that is the case, then why duplication?
    The tea is starting to show what color it holds!

    January 25, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  19. kds562

    The nation will now see that Bachmann is Palin #2

    January 25, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  20. John

    We don't need comments from the tea party, the no party or the yes party. Obama is the President of all Americans and should be treated as such.

    January 25, 2011 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  21. Livin' the good life

    Just another "FEARleader" (And I truly do not care to include the word leader in there.) We need "cheer"LEADERS instead!
    In the olden days, people were embarrassed to open their mouths and spew such filth against others. Now-a-days, it seems so common place. We used to work together from what I can recollect but, now it's the "I want my 15 minutes of fame and I will say and do ANYTHING to stay in the spotlight because I NEED the attention just to feel good about myself!" era...Beau Colby

    January 25, 2011 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
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