Washington (CNN) - Just about every member of Congress and a whole lot of other politicians issued statements Tuesday responding to the State of the Union address.
Listen to CNN Senior Political Editor Mark Preston and CNN's Bob Costantini discuss the dual responses:
That's standard procedure. But for the first time in memory, two responses by the opposition party to the State of the Union generated national attention. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin delivered the official Republican response, while Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann offered her own rebuttal to President Obama's address on behalf of the grassroots tea party movement.
The decision by the Tea Party Express – a well known, national tea party organization – to deliver its own response sparked suggestions that there is a rift between the grassroots conservative movement and Republican establishment. Bachmann called such as suggestion "fiction" that she was offering a competing statement. Her remarks, which followed Obama's speech and Ryan's comments, were streamed live on a Web site and broadcast by CNN. GOP officials also insisted no divide in the party should be inferred.