Podcast: Responding to the State of the Union
January 26th, 2011
03:21 PM ET
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Podcast: Responding to the State of the Union

Washington (CNN) - Just about every member of Congress and a whole lot of other politicians issued statements Tuesday responding to the State of the Union address.

Listen to CNN Senior Political Editor Mark Preston and CNN's Bob Costantini discuss the dual responses:

That's standard procedure. But for the first time in memory, two responses by the opposition party to the State of the Union generated national attention. House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin delivered the official Republican response, while Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann offered her own rebuttal to President Obama's address on behalf of the grassroots tea party movement.

The decision by the Tea Party Express – a well known, national tea party organization – to deliver its own response sparked suggestions that there is a rift between the grassroots conservative movement and Republican establishment. Bachmann called such as suggestion "fiction" that she was offering a competing statement. Her remarks, which followed Obama's speech and Ryan's comments, were streamed live on a Web site and broadcast by CNN. GOP officials also insisted no divide in the party should be inferred.

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Terry

    I commented on his speech too, why didn't I make the news?

    January 26, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  2. JohnM


    "Abercrombie Admits There Are No Obama Birth Records In Hawaii"......................................well, well, well, a big Obama supporter who was going to end all of the Obama birth speculation once he became Governor of Hawaii and what did he find? There is no birth certificate. And the response will be........move along, there's nothing to see here.

    January 26, 2011 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
    What fictional dimension did this come from because that is a bald faced lie in the real world that only you don't seem to live in.

    January 26, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  3. dave

    how would you like a high paying job with full pay and very good benifits. this job only requires that you show up to work around 2 and a half days a week. you also get a full time office staff payed for just to help you do your job. you don't have any labor its indoors WORK and all you have to do is push a pencil and move your jaws. WORK IN JOHN BOEHNERS NEW REPUBLICAN HOUSE FROM MIDDAY MONDAY TO EARLY AFTERNOON ON WEDNEDAY! PLEASE APPLY WITH A GOOD LINE OF IDEOLOGY ITS ALL THATS NEEDED. injoy life time payed for health care for you and your family while being able to end life time health care for millions of people.

    January 26, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Four and The Door

    Paul Ryan's Republican response was many times more insightful, honest and more effectively delivered than Obama's State of The Union.
    Yet conspicuosly and typically devoid of substance and an actual plan of attack.

    January 26, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  5. R

    @ Dominican mama 4 Obama
    so..if you know we're supposed to be gentler and kinder – why aren't you doing so? Same goes for you Wire Palladin. Everyone talks about treating others with more respect, and yet I see the same old comments from a lot of you with no attempt to change. Since you all seem to like using the word "hypocrite," guess what you becoming...yep, a hypocrite.

    January 26, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  6. Zionfulfilled

    The Tea Party refuses to be owned by the Republicans. Yes, it was appropriate for us to have a separate response. The Republicans want to absorb us, but guess what, we won't let them.

    January 26, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  7. Indy

    Four and the Door,
    Must be lonely being an extreme minority that thinks Republicans are good.
    After listening to all the speeches it is clear that Obama spoke the truth and the Tea Party and Republicans was full of lies so not much new. After fact checking it is easy to see why you have to be a sucker to believe what Republiucans spew. I always say if you can't tell the truth, you will always be full of blame without solutions and that is the mantra of being a Republican.If you like the truth then Obama's speech was good, if you are paranoid and can't tell the difference between the truth and lies you might get fooled by the Republicans. We can all be thankful that Obama is POTUS and has been able to save the sinking ship of America, without any help from Repubs, even though they caused the financial collapse with their spending spree that was to make the rich richer and the middle class poor.

    January 26, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. jp

    i think the two responses has a very specific purpose. clearly bachman is to be heard and tuned into so that everyone thinks thats way to right, and then ryan comes in and sounds not as much to the right but doesn't receive the press bachman does. this is clearly a strategic plan, probably based on "the art of war"... bachman is a diversion to draw attention away from the GOP's clear agenda. it is similar to congress being interested in steroids in baseball (not an issue for congress in my opinion) but it did draw attention off the wars

    January 26, 2011 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. EddyL

    Bachmann is a fascist moron

    January 26, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  10. chzman

    The State of the Union was nothing more than another campaign speech. President Obama turned his back on the left and alienated moderates, those are the voters who fired all those democrats a few months ago. Conservatives have control of the house and the Senate is next. We will fire anyone who does not represent the people, well enough. Keep trash talking about Tea Party members as if we were irrelevant, red neck, racists instead of helping us fire those politicians who care as much about you as they do your jobs and this whole recovery thing will just take that much longer. All of these incumbents support whoever gives them the most in campaign dollars, no matter the party.

    January 26, 2011 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Michele Bachmann is delusional. She has convinced herself that she can run for President of the United States"

    She's doing it for one reason and it's one of the same reasons they orchestrated the fake "rift" in the party: the "news" media will pick up on the story, spread it like sensationalized butter all over America's face and it will, simply by virtue of the "news" media's constant repetition of the mindless controvery narrative and failure to address just how objectively ridiculous it is, lend an air of further legitimacy to Astroturf Frankenstein. The GOP needs Astroturf Frankenstein to be perceived as legitimate as possible so they have the political cover, justification and excuses they need to keep putting on the No-Show and the "news" media needs it because allowing the Teatards to be shown for the lying, bigotted, undereducated, misinformed, ideologues–in-a-vacuum that they are would ruin the ability to, well, perseverate stories about he-said-she-said controversies about sane people thinking one thing and Teatards running amok on the television set screaming, ranting and conspiracy theorizing another.

    January 26, 2011 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  12. bibi

    America, you are very lucky to have such a smart president. The whole world likes him because he is intelligent and decent. he has raised the profile of america in the world. Young and old are rooting for him. He is tryong hard to promote peace in the world. Keep up the good work president Obama. The world believes in you. We love america again because of you.

    January 26, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  13. informed voter

    Ryan and Bachmann seemed like rank amateurs compared to the inspirational, presidential oration given by President Obama.

    January 26, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  14. NVa Native

    You simple minded freakin idiots!
    Stop the tea-bagger nonsense – it only proves you are morons – still with the birth certificate ~ at least make up a new lie!!

    January 26, 2011 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  15. Mom concerned for the future

    The amount of blatantly FALSE information in both Ryan and Bachmann's rebuttals was amazing. The media is so scared of being called "liberally biased" that it won't even stand up for the facts. The news is supposed to be about information, i.e. FACTS. If the media wants to cover Ryan and Bachmann's flawed OPINIONS that is fine, but it should follow up with the FACTS so that people that are not well informed do not take Ryan and Bachmann's statements as true when they are completely unsupported by any facts at all. Ryan's speech was nothing but regurgitated Bush policies and Bachmann is just plain crazy. I was embarassed for Ryan during the fear-mongering portion of his speech - he sounded so over the top ridiculous - "Unless you follow my Roadmap for America (it should be called the roadmap to turn America into a Third World Country) we are all doomed, DOOMED I say, especially your children!!!!!!" What a complete creep.

    January 26, 2011 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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