Podcast: Responding to the State of the Union
January 26th, 2011
03:21 PM ET
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Podcast: Responding to the State of the Union

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.


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  1. Protect and Defend Freedom of Speech in the USA

    while Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann offered her own rebuttal to President Obama's address on behalf of the grassroots tea party movement.
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    Why does CNN keep repeating this fallacy? It was never intended to be another GOP response. She was speaking to a group of people dummies. Talk about trying to generate news CNN. This is pretty lame.

    January 26, 2011 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. Sgt Schultz

    Very pleased with the speech. Renewable energy needs to be our #1 priority to eliminate our dependance on oil. Although nuclear and coal doesn't seem to make sense – too risky. Taxing ALL corporations the same also long overdue. It's not fair that some corporations, including the ones that get bailouts....can manipulate the tax laws to where they pay nothing. While other companies don't get any breaks.

    January 26, 2011 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. T'sah from Virginia

    In reality – WHO CARES!!!! The TP is RP in disguise and you cannot convince me otherwise!!

    January 26, 2011 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In my home town, we did not have one town drunk, but a number of people took turns. We called them republicans. It appears that not much has changed.

    January 26, 2011 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Will Fox and CNN give a democrat a chance to rebut Bachmann?

    January 26, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Jon

    Remember how keyed-off people were when the government said that – technically speaking, anyway – the recession was over? Well, according to Representative Bachmann, the recession and housing crisis never even existed. Who knew?

    January 26, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. NVa Native

    Bloviating baffoons. Bachman is the high-preistess of the clown party, and the dopey-dude Ryan needs to give up the weed.

    January 26, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. Rickster

    "Abercrombie Admits There Are No Obama Birth Records In Hawaii"......................................well, well, well, a big Obama supporter who was going to end all of the Obama birth speculation once he became Governor of Hawaii and what did he find? There is no birth certificate. And the response will be........move along, there's nothing to see here.

    January 26, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  9. george from alaska

    it appears the koch bros have discarded palin for bachmann.

    January 26, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  10. fayse

    So these two are the best that the Tea Party & GOP have to offer??? Bachmann will go down the same way that Palin went down. CNN will give her just enough publicity to let her prove herself inept and then they will move on. Good job CNN!

    January 26, 2011 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  11. D. Bunker

    Both Ryan and Bachmann showed their ignorance and willingness to lie last night; him with his phony fiscal responsibility despite supporting budget-busting tax cuts, and her ludicrously false claim that the US has the best healthcare in the world.

    Of course, CNN loves to provide coverage for these GOBPbaggers and vicious bigots like commentator Erickson, What CNN is not reporting is that the Tea Party has a lower favorability rating with the public than does the word "socialism." That's how extreme the teanuts are.

    January 26, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Whoever wrote Bachmann's speech did a good job, even though they omitted a few facts that would contradict Michelle. She was a lot funnier earlier in the day when she said that the founding fathers eliminated slavery, so there must not have been a civil war after all.

    January 26, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  13. GOP = Greed Over People

    These are prepared statements so the lies and ignorance cannot be "walked back".

    The 700 billion dollar TARP plan was submitted by the shrub's administration, NOT President Obama.

    The first funds spent in the "corporate welfare" to GM and AIG was started by the shrub, NOT President Obama.

    Domestic oil is sold on the INTERNATIONAL market, so a barrel produced in the Gulf of Mexico or Alaska, ends up anywhere in the world and does NADA for preventing our dependence on foreign oil.

    Earmarks do NOT raise the deficit, only specifies where an exact sum goes to an exact project in which state as submitted by the member of Congress. The "earmark" is just that, an earmark that for example, states that 100 million of the allocated money 50 billion(or whatever it is) budgeted for transportation, goes to build a new bridge in Dallas for I-30.

    And it is travesty of journalism that I had to correct these "facts" submitted by the bombastic Bachmann and simply reprinted by CNN without a challenge.

    January 26, 2011 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  14. Clara

    Michelle Bachmann would do great in one of those old Karen Black scary movies of the 70's. 'Burnt Offerings' comes to mind.

    January 26, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  15. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In my home town, we did not have one town drunk, but a number of people took turns. We called them republicans. It appears that not much has changed
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    BWAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

    I know we're supposed to be gentler and kinder but that was hilarious!
    I appreciate the humorous break.

    January 26, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  16. Four and The Door

    Paul Ryan's Republican response was many times more insightful, honest and more effectively delivered than Obama's State of The Union.

    January 26, 2011 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  17. Ed, MN

    Paul Ryan just wouldn't stop talking. Just like the puppet on the Twilight Zone who had to be kept in a suitcase so no one
    could hear his smart alecky responses. Who could listen to him after an Obama speech?

    January 26, 2011 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  18. R

    @T'sah from Virginia
    "In reality – WHO CARES!!!! The TP is RP in disguise and you cannot convince me otherwise!!"

    Sounds like something a republican would say, according to your one-sided view. Why don't you take a look past both parties and see them for what they really are – outdated and useless.

    January 26, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. Sniffit

    Carefully orchestrated kabuki theater.

    "Hi, I'm Paul Ryan, and I'm hear to convince independents that the GOP is on their side and that if everyone doesn't start doing precisely what the GOP says to do, then the American Apocalypse is coming."

    "Hi, I'm Batsh-t Barbie, and I'm hear to remind all the hardline right wing extremists that wink wink nudge nudge we're just fooling the independents."

    Simple. One party, two intended audiences, split personality messaging, ONE AGENDA.

    January 26, 2011 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. dave

    well lets see what the new house leadership has done so far. they passed health care repeel which is a big waste of time to think it has a chance of passing! now the next most important thing to work on is aboration which doesn't even have enough support in the senate to pass with the number of pro-choice republicans in the senate. all i still here is the same right winged ideology with no sign of any solutions that have become a bill. the republicans can't seem to understand that this open and free trade supply side exeperiment has shipped our jobs off shore and the blind greed on wall satreet with little or no regulations has brought this country to its knees. i lost my family tool and die business to this kind of BS ideology . nothing is going to change until the right wingers come to grips with the fact ronald raegan was wrong GREED DID NOT BUILD THIS COUNTRY it was built by people who came here to work hard for a better future. the stupid nation building we are into now has added nearly $4trillion to our dept. thats enough money to fix social sucerity fix health care fix medicare rebuild all our roads pay for college for anyone with good grades and get us off our oil habbits with other replacements. people need to come to grips with just how much money $4trillion is and why we are broke!

    January 26, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  21. jerome

    blame blame blame .. is all i got from Bachmann.
    socilaism is a word that only Extreme politicians use if they dont get their way. where do you think obamacare came from?? all thses right wing are idiots – you are the party who fkd up everything becarful america
    your own politicians are terrorists

    January 26, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  22. Sniffit

    "Whoever wrote Bachmann's speech did a good job, even though they omitted a few facts that would contradict Michelle"

    They didn't just omit facts, they inserted 100% debunked lies. The BS about the ACA creating 16,500 new gestapo-like IRS agents has been debunked to the Nth degree, just like the "death panels" crap and myriad other examples of their demogogue nonsense. This was just another chance for CNN and the "liberal" "news" media to carry GOP water by broadcasting their fabrications uncritically, without question and by carefully ignoring and avoiding contrary FACTS.

    January 26, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  23. johnrj08

    Michele Bachmann is delusional. She has convinced herself that she can run for President of the United States. All she has to do is get in front of a camera and spew the same mono-syllabic BS over and over again. After all, it worked for Sarah Palin... for a while anyway. Bachmann wins the award for most empty-headed, illiterate member of Congress, with Gomert as runner-up.

    January 26, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Okay, did anyone else notice how the President almost made the Weeper of the House cry right at the very end of the SOTU?
    President Obama was stating how it is only in OUR country that Biden could sit up there as VP, and Boehner as Speaker of the House. The mere mention of Boehner's "humble" beginnings had the Weeper of the HOuse twisting his face every which way to keep the tears from spilling – AGAIN – on national television.

    A word of advice for Boehner: Do NOT underestimate our President. He may not have Ted Kenneddy to teach him the ropes, but he is brilliant AND a fast learner.

    On a personal note, I kinda like having Boehner be so emotional. It serves to remind me that maybe there is a feeling human being beneath all the lying he does without batting an eye, nor shedding a tear of REMORSE.

    January 26, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  25. PalmReader

    "Paul Ryan just wouldn't stop talking. Just like the puppet on the Twilight Zone who had to be kept in a suitcase so no one
    could hear his smart alecky responses. Who could listen to him after an Obama speech?"

    I have to confess that I missed most of his rebuttal talking points... I just couldn't get past his leaping eyebrows, which kept me in stiches the entire speech. I understand that most of his rebuttal has already been dismissed as factless lies, so apparently I didn't miss much.

    January 26, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
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