Cain slated for tea party response to State of the Union
January 19th, 2012
05:27 PM ET
2 years ago

Cain slated for tea party response to State of the Union

(CNN) – The Tea Party Express announced Thursday it would again provide its own response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, this year with former presidential candidate Herman Cain as the headliner.

Cain, who dropped out of the 2012 race in December, will deliver the rebuttal to Obama January 24.

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Traditionally, a single member of the opposing party has delivered a response to the president's annual address. House Speaker John Boehner named Republican Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels as the official Republican responder Thursday. The Tea Party Express said in a statement they weren't trying to undercut Daniels, but rather offer another conservative viewpoint.

"We are enthusiastic that a successful conservative governor like Mitch Daniels of Indiana will be giving the Republican response," Sal Russo, chief strategist of the Tea Party Express, said in a statement. "I know that both Governor Daniels and Mr. Cain will contribute important ideas for the future of our country."

In 2011, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann delivered a Tea Party Express-sponsored response to the State of the Union address. That was in addition to the official Republican response given by Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.

On Thursday, Cain spoke at a meeting of conservatives in South Carolina to unveil a much-hyped "unconventional endorsement."

"My unconventional endorsement is 'The People!" Cain said. "We the people are still in charge. That's who I'm endorsing. We're going to have to lead this revolution. We have to take our power back. I'm endorsing the people. The people who started this country."

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Filed under: Herman Cain • Tea Party
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Jamie from Riverside

    Wonderful news! Will he co-host the response with Ginger White?

    January 19, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  2. Greg

    Sigh. Just. Go. Away.

    January 19, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  3. ShawnDH

    Wow. No wonder the Tea Party is over. Remember Bachmann's googly eyed response last time? HAHAHAHA!

    January 19, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  4. shoegazer

    Cain/Perry 2016.....the dream ticket of comedians worldwide.

    January 19, 2012 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Emperor Norton

    blah blah blah conservative principles blah blah tax cuts blah blah Bible blah blah bootstraps food stamps trickle-down economics blah blah evangelical Christianity blah blah Obama's awful.

    The entire country's read your script already, gang.

    January 19, 2012 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  6. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    This is fantastic! After an hour of insightful meaningful talk by the President of the United States, the GOP offers us a Comedy Hour, how great is that? I love this Country! The only thing better would be if they could expand the time a little and bring in their top jokesters, Bachmann and Half Gov. Palin. What a great Country!

    January 19, 2012 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. carrotroot

    Republicans are going into this election cycle as a house extremely divided. How can you deliver a rebuttal to the President and then a rebuttal to your own party?

    January 19, 2012 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  8. ALEX

    So Mitt and Newt chikened out? Are they afraid to screwit up again? Loosers......

    January 19, 2012 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  9. unsub

    is he gonna tapdance in blackface?

    January 19, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    Good News
    Tea party gave life to republicans
    Tea party slow down the government spending
    Election year Republicans try to put establishment Mitch Daniels in the front

    January 19, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  11. Ray

    If you people don't make more than 250,000 a year how can you vote REPUBLICON.

    January 19, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  12. Kwesoe

    "Cain, where art thy brother?"
    "Am I my brother's keeper?"
    Never answer God's question with a question.

    January 19, 2012 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  13. Brian

    I bet he says 9 9 9 at least once.

    January 19, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  14. ALEX

    Let me gess, everything good is thanks to the American People and Bush previous policies, everything else you can blame President B. Obama for......... thats a cheap $9.99 answer?

    January 19, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  15. Nobodies Pon

    @Frank you comment was just what I needed

    January 19, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    from the article:

    The Tea Party Express said in a statement they weren't trying to undercut Daniels, but rather offer another conservative viewpoint.
    ------------------
    Why are conservatives given the opportunity to offer to rebuttals on national television? I can guarantee you that if a Republican were in the White House that liberals would not be granted opportunity to make more than one rebuttal on national television.

    January 19, 2012 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  17. Chaz

    "I'm endorsing the people. The people who started this country."

    psst – *whispers* those people are dead...

    January 19, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. Four and The Door

    FRANK – LAS VEGAS
    This is fantastic! After an hour of insightful meaningful talk by the President of the United States...
    ________________________________________________________________________________________________
    This would be a first for Obama. I will have to tune in for that!

    January 19, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  19. MWM

    Not even a loser or an also-ran, but one who couldn't even get a campaign off the ground. At least they could give us a Bachman or Perry who lasted past the starting line.

    January 19, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  20. Sandy

    Please go away, Cain! What an embarrassment!

    January 19, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Good grief. The Tea Party is using Leisure Suit Larry to make their rebuttal. [do a web search on that name, folks]

    January 19, 2012 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  22. Al-NY,NY

    "blah blah blah. And don't forget everyone. Order a large regular pie and you get a second for half-price!!! The number is 999-999-9999. Thanks for listening."

    January 19, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  23. kayla

    america, i rest my case. the crazies are out again. could you imagine what the rest of the world is thinking about this use to be a great nation before these idiots try to take over america?

    January 19, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  24. PacificView

    The Tea Party Express, RIP.

    January 19, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Hmm, I wonder if he's going to disagree with everything the President says?

    January 19, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
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