House majority leader says Ryan, not Bachmann, "giving the official Republican response"
January 24th, 2011
03:47 PM ET
11 years ago

House majority leader says Ryan, not Bachmann, "giving the official Republican response"

Washington (CNN) - There may be two House Republicans giving high-profile responses to President Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday night, but House Majority Leader Eric Cantor made it clear that it's the new House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, not Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, who is speaking for the GOP.

"Paul Ryan is giving the official Republican response," Cantor said when asked at his weekly session with reporters if Bachmann's response will step on the GOP message.

After House Speaker John Boehner and Senator GOP Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Friday that Ryan would deliver the GOP response, the Tea Party Express put out word that Rep. Bachmann would also be commenting on the President's speech and they would broadcast her remarks on their website. On Monday, her office welcomed network television coverage of her speech, which will be delivered from the Capitol Hill Club, just steps away from the U.S. Capitol campus.

Lumping Rep. Bachmann in with the rest of the entire membership of Congress, Cantor said, "You know Michelle Bachmann, just like the other 534 members of the House and Senate, are going to have opinions as to the State of the Union." The House Majority Leader added, "This is a process that happens every year and I look forward to all comments," and noted again that Ryan's was the official Republican response to the president.

Pressed by CNN that unlike most other members of Congress, Bachmann's remarks were expected to receive similar televised coverage as Ryan's official response, Cantor laughed, and asked, "Then maybe I should ask why is that the case?"

Filed under: Eric Cantor • Michele Bachmann • Paul Ryan
soundoff (55 Responses)
  1. Gern

    She shore is purdy.

    January 24, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  2. Tony in Maine

    Let the games begin!

    January 24, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  3. JR

    As a proud Minnesotan I'm enbarrassed by some of politicans we have let loose on this great nation. Now you have our Michele Bachmann who may be our biggest nut job yet. Michele looks in the mirror and see Sarah Palin.

    January 24, 2011 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  4. GI Joe

    Thank GOD for the remote control and lots of re-run movies on other channels. I won't be listening the the liar from MN. She's certifiable and paranoid.

    January 24, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. DIANA

    This is sad but funny. They're going to be spending the next two years infighting that nothing will get done. It's entertaining watching them tear each other apart but, sad because we American's have to suffer from their do nothing two years.

    Thanks alot to all of you who voted them back in.

    January 24, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    “EVERY politician is a political opportunist. Look no further than our suddenly centrist President.”
    Laughable. Obama has been fairly centrist all along. You just haven’t been paying attention. The GOP created Astroturf Frankenstein to create the political cover for them to move far far to the right and thereby shift the appearance of where the "center" lies so they could accuse Obama and the Dems of being "radical leftist socialists." "Obamacare" is in large part what the GOP proposed in response to Clinton's health care reform proposal in the 90's. He threw out the public option without even trying for it to assuage the insurance industry, which still went and paid the Chamber of Commerce $83B to help create this “socialism” meme. He's not closed Gitmo and failed to prosecute anyone for what is undeniably torture. He continued the two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and only recently started the draw-down of troops in Iraq, but has continued the civilian killing drone attacks in Afghanistan to a far greater degree than Bush ever did. He has supported the extrajudicial murder of a citizen accused of supporting terrorism in Yemen. His Justice Dept fought to keep DADT alive. He has, all along, supported the existing ban on federal funding going to abortions and signed an Appropriations Bill containing the Dickey Wicker Amendment that bans federal funding of stem cell research. He allowed the GOP to insist on extension of tax cuts for the extraordinarily wealthy that constitute the largest single contributing factor in our national debt and deficit and are, ultimately, paid for by the middle-class. He appointed a renowned hater of Social Security as one of the chairmen of his debt/deficit/budget recommendations panel. He has allowed Manning, the young man accused of spilling the beans to Wikileaks, to be literally tortured by being kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours per day, causing him to be placed on suicide watch recently and eliciting a letter to our state department from the UN’s top dog on torture. Etc. etc. etc. The list is quite long.

    So no, he's not a “radical leftist socialist.” That is simply the perception the GOP has cultivated with the “news” media’s and Astroturf Frankenstein’s help by moving itself waaaaaaaay off to the extreme right while claiming that everything else was moving left, yammering about "socialism" like good little McCarthyists and screaming about "taking our country back." They and their base are so stuck on looking backwards and bringing us back to the 50’s, installing Vatican law, and painting everyone that disagrees with them as scary communists (just like in the 50’s) that they’re like someone looking in a rear view mirror and relying on the sensory input from that (instead of the info coming through the windshield) to claim that the car isn't taking a right turn, it's everything else that's taking a left turn. It's high time you guys just plain admit the truth of it all, because clearly the "news" media is just going to carry the rightwing extremists' water for them by relying on false equivalencies to avoid objectively reporting the factually supportable truth of, well, anything, including the teatarded fabrications, lies and demagoguery, so that the “controversy” can be perpetuated in the name of the new arbiter of truth in this country: advertising revenue.

    January 24, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    These Republicans better make it clear to Americans whose running things because Bachmann like Palin is trying to throw Boehner and Cantor along with the rest of the GOP under the bus for their own sick personal gains.

    January 24, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. PalmReader

    If the GOPers aren't able to settle on who is giving the Republican SOTU response without all of this "it's ME ... no it's HIM", media fanfare, it doesn't bode well that they can actually govern either.

    January 24, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Tired of the nonsense

    Bachmann? She's not qualified to speak for a pack of baying hounds. Why is her name even being mentioned as someone who would speak? Why isn't someone telling her to "Sit!" or "Stay!" or "Hush!"

    January 24, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  10. Cleareye

    This is what will be going on for the next 2 years. Tea Party fanatics versus the Republican establishment. They are bent on suicide. All of this because one Supreme Court Justice said we should not count the votes in Florida in 2000 and awarded the Presidency to our mot incompetent person to ever hold the office. Nice work!

    January 24, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    438 members in the House. One of them has to be the stupidest. That's just how it works. Bachman is that person.

    "Privatize Social Security & Medicare, putting our seniors' retirements at risk"

    There's no risk. The "free market" is magic. It corrects and fixes itself and needs no regulation whatsoever...and it NEVER EVER FAILS or goes belly up, causing people to lose their job AND their entire retirement savings or 401(k). That is a myth. The current "recession" is not a failure of the free market. It is a figment of your imagination. Please take your medication, put on your tinfoil hat and resume ideology reception of we will need to label you a liberal and call you a radical socialist.

    January 24, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  12. Jon

    Huh. Little bit of sniping inside the ranks? Who would've thought?

    January 24, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    This is an embarrassing lack of control. Unfortunately, if Boehner says anything to Bachman, she will suddenly turn into a feminist and claim she is being victimised by a sexist leader, or that " ... the old boy network" is at it again. And just a few weeks ago they were all claiming Boehner had the right to cry in public.

    Embarrassing lack of control from all of them.

    January 24, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  14. Drew Williams

    I like it when the Republicans start feeding on their own.

    January 24, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  15. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Every year George W Bush, in his State of The Union Address, told us that our economy was strong, and that our wars overseas were just, and that we were winning them. Now in 2011, we understand that each and every one of those speeches were just bald face lies!! Where was Joe Wilson to shout "You Lie" during W's speeches? Where was the Taliban outrage when the truth was revealed?

    January 24, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  16. Dominican mama 4 Obama


    This is sad but funny. They're going to be spending the next two years infighting

    Well at least they ar busy doing SOMETHING other than lying, spreading fear and hate, or sitting on their hands blocking anything and everything that could help put this country to rights.

    I rather enjoy having them infighting, than acting like uncouth boors for the entire world to see, and judge us by.
    Pass the popcorn Diana, by the time they agree on how their hierarchy if going to work it'll be 2013!

    January 24, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  17. Kenneth of Minneapolis

    The 'weakened' Republican Party is prime to be overtaken by the Tea Party, and it will happen unless true Republicans has the backbone to separate from the Tea Party.....if not, hey, hey goodbye GOP.

    January 24, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  18. paul

    It probably doesn't matter who gives the response. The Republican response has already been written. Same old talking points and sound bites. Let me guess: Reduce the size of gov't, cut the budget, and lower taxes. Toss in scare tactics like abortion, terrorists, illegal immigrants and maybe a few muslims and you have the republican recipe for fooling most of their followers. PRICELESS!!!!!!


    January 24, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |

    It seems that you just can't keep the crazy's off of the TV. We all know that Fox will carry and promote anything that the crazy ladies of the GOP want to say, even better if they outright lie which they have no problem doing. Let's just hope that CNN and the rest of the broadcast industry can resist airing the comedy shows. Is Half Gov.Palin going to speak as well? Are the sisters going to share their time or do they both want equal time?

    January 24, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I sincerely hope that the two ladies that Joe Wilson will be sitting between during the President's State of the Union address will "cleave" their elbows to his sides just in case he decides to act his color, and not his age.

    Yes I said it.

    January 24, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  21. Indy

    They better ask their king first, as we all know Rush will decide who speaks. I am betting Ryan and Bachmann already have their speeches ready, because there is no way they would listen to the black Presidents speech before writing their own speech. Republicans are one sick group af anti Americans with no intentions of doing anything for the good of the country, they just want to "Take Back America" from the black President and give it some rich white man that will operate under corporate law to boost profits of the very wealthy.

    January 24, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  22. Jo Jo

    Why don't the republicans reign in their crazies? I thought Boehner was the speaker of the house so why is he allowing this nut job to rebut? It seems obvious to me the house speaker is trying to straddle both sides of the fence. He’s appeasing the regular republicans with Ryan and the tea baggers by allowing crazy Bachmann to rebut. This lady is totally off her rocker. Even her eyes look as crazy as the guy who did the shooting in Arizona.

    January 24, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  23. Ken in NC

    I simply cannot understand why the media waste it's time and resources on such a brainless Batwoman. Bachmann is really getting over with the media playing up to her like they are. She has already proven that she is as much an IDIOT as Sarah Palin and at the rate she is going, she will soon surpass her with all the vile hate she spews. She would have been much better off had she kept her mouth shut and thought a fool rather than opening it and removing all doubt.

    January 24, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Kenneth of Minneapolis

    O'Donnells' 'I Am A Witch Speech", Palin's "Video Address", and now Bachmann's "Republican Official Response to the State of the Union Address".......What do these women have in common?

    January 24, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  25. Lolo

    They are eating each other alive. This is what the idiots voted for? Tried to tell them, but they were so focused on getting rid of the first black president without giving him a chance. Oh well. Now that things are getting better they will definitely try much harder to make President Obama look bad to get him out of the White House. Look for more lies to come hard and fierce. They forgot that God looks after all of his children and President Obama is one of them.

    January 24, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
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