(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."