GOP to have all-woman SOTU response
January 27th, 2014
03:50 PM ET
11 months ago

GOP to have all-woman SOTU response

Washington (CNN) - Whichever language you speak, the Republican response to the State of the Union address tomorrow night will be in a woman’s voice.

Florida Republican Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will give a Spanish version of the party’s response to President Barack Obama’s annual speech, her office tells CNN. That will parallel the response Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Washington, plans to give in English and will mark the first time that the GOP has tapped two women to give its official rebuttal of the President’s remarks.

Ros-Lehtinen spokesman Keith Fernandez said Monday that the Florida congresswoman was working on translating McMorris Rodgers’ planned speech and that the Spanish version would be essentially the same content as its English companion, with personal anecdotes or references changed.

The choices point toward two of the GOP's most-wanted groups: women and Hispanics. House Speaker John Boehner's office made the Ros-Lehtinen announcement Monday evening in a Spanish-only statement.

The female double-team is a first for Republicans at the Capitol, but the general task is not new for Ros-Lehtinen. She also gave a State of the Union response in Spanish in 2011, working alongside Rep. Paul Ryan’s English version that year.

soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. The right wing have lost their damned minds

    They can prop up all the women they want..Their ideologies in comparison to the rest of the women in this country is still stuck in the 1800's....Pffftttttttt

    January 27, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    How many responses does the GOP think they need? Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA); Lee (R-Utah); Rand Paul (R-KY); and now Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) each giving their ... well, input?

    For the love of God, why oh why, can't this party flipping grow up and stop playing childish games?

    January 27, 2014 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I suppose that this means that Republicans will be providing the content of the SAP, en espanol. Is that right?

    January 27, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. with a grain of salt

    They really do think your stupid, and look like fools in the process. They just don't have any shame, this should be very insulting to women, and I'm sure most are, show them the door this November ladies. They insult at every turn, and think your foolish enough to think they care, please.

    January 27, 2014 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. sonny chapman

    Aha !! Repubs. have solved this Dem. created & Liberal Media fed illusion of a "War on Women"; OPTICS. It worked for Nixon in 1968 led by Roger Ailles. It's all PERCEPTION. Policy is over rated.

    January 27, 2014 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    It's already been written by the mysoginistic male leadership so all they have to do is read it.

    January 27, 2014 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  7. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Oh Goody, Goody. They treat women like imbeciles and children and then expect them to fall for this dog and pony show! Nice re-branding effort!

    January 27, 2014 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    On second thought, to give the GOP credit ... perhaps its leadership doesn't have much confidence in McMorris Rodgers; so much so that they need two "men" to redefine her national debut for her?

    January 27, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  9. Laverne

    I guess they have been going through their "Binders of Women" for the gig! I hope all women see the "old white men" are just using them to fulfill a criticism they are sick of hearing about!!!!

    January 27, 2014 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  10. Dean

    The Democrats have never had an all-female response team. Why not? The GOP has always been and will continue to be the more 'progressive' party.

    January 27, 2014 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  11. O'drama ya Mama

    The GOP will be referencing this for the rest of the year as the outreach to women.

    January 27, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    Translate: WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

    January 27, 2014 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Dean

    The Democrats have never had an all-female response team. Why not? The GOP has always been and will continue to be the more 'progressive' party.
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    Seems more like cannon fodder for the War on Women to me. :)

    January 27, 2014 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  14. pkMyt1

    So they found some women who can control their libido? This is such a blatant attempt to show that many of their finest don't think we are living in the 1800's.

    January 27, 2014 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. Wake up People!

    So a woman can't control her own libido, she can shut that whole thing down to prevent rape, she can't use birth control, but she can and will read hateful responses to the SOTU address.

    These women are setting women back 100 years......

    January 27, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. Drew

    No Bachmann?Already a step in the right direction

    January 27, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  17. Silence DoGood

    @Dean
    The Democrats have never had an all-female response team. Why not? The GOP has always been and will continue to be the more 'progressive' party.
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    And nothing says progress like ripping content out of science books, telling people who they can marry, returning to 1700's European Theacracy, and telling people they are sinners. You MIGHT want to look up the word 'progress'.

    January 27, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    And i bet all the GOP woman pay for their own birth control. take that libs.

    January 27, 2014 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    "They really do think your stupid, and look like fools in the process."

    Oh, absolutely. This is a new record for the GOP. Four of them to give one rebuttal?

    Yeah. Nothing spells "we have no idea what we're talking about" then sending out four Republicans simultaneously to do just that.

    January 27, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  20. Arun

    The rupubes think that can talk and now show any actions. This doesn't work. Stop with the talking points and actually do something!!

    January 27, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  21. Sniffit

    Right...because nothing says "outreach" like "all your wombs are belong to us" and "we'll let you stay here and pay taxes, but not become citizens or vote"...as long as they're said by a woman and a Hispanic person, respectively.

    January 27, 2014 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  22. Silence DoGood

    @J'Cincinnati'Redd
    And i bet all the GOP woman pay for their own birth control. take that libs.
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    hmmmmmm – no, that still doesn't change the GOP War on Women.

    January 27, 2014 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  23. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    Just goes to show that the GOTP has no leader. All of their cherished heroes have fallen from grace. They're all over the place with their messaging. The GOTP civil war rages on.

    January 27, 2014 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  24. freedom

    These are real women – not whining about any war on them. They work, they have families, they have principles, and they're not demonizing anyone to get contraceptives, or any other personal need. Respectful women of integrity.

    January 27, 2014 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
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