House majority leader says Ryan, not Bachmann, "giving the official Republican response"
January 24th, 2011
03:47 PM ET
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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. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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?
    Come on, you know the answer! Boo-Hoo Boehner is wayyyyy more interested in getting to his NEXT cocktail than in delineating how things are going to work now that he is the Weeper of The House.

    The amnesiacs and myopics that voted this fraud in thought that the ex weeping bartender was going to prove to be a deciding factor in the leadership of the House and the country. The only thing he's proven to be good at is.........not a darn thing.

    January 24, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  2. Jack Kennedy

    wow............. look at all the LIBERAL VITRIOL AND HATE toward America ................. and I thought that the liberals' president told them to tone it down

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

    Why don't the republicans reign in their crazies?

    Answer: There're simply TOO MANY of them, crazies that is.

    January 24, 2011 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |

    Now it begins; as everyone but the crazy T-partiers saw months ago, the GOP is throwing them off the bus. They got what they wanted (though with Michelle Bachmann I can't imagine anyone would want her) and won back the House in 2010. They know they don't need them in 2012 because the T-baggers don't have anywhere else to go and don't have the brains or money to field a third-party candidate. Bye-bye T Party – we hardly knew ye!

    January 24, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  5. kyle

    He may give the response, but Rush has the final say!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
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