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

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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. Tampa Tim

    The GOP response theme, "government ultrasounds are good for women."

    January 27, 2014 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. PaulCat

    GOP is such a Joke.

    January 27, 2014 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  3. Silence DoGood

    @freedom "These are real women.....They work, they have families, they have principles"
    They work – thanks to progressive women in the past who fought against discrimination.
    They have families – just like liberal women. (I don't get the point there)
    They have principles – handed to them by the men in the GOP on paper to read.

    January 27, 2014 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Silence DoGood

    @Tampa Tim "The GOP response theme, "government ultrasounds are good for women.""
    Yes, nothing says smaller government and respect for women than government mandated ultrasounds, to let them know how sinful they are.

    January 27, 2014 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    The GOP and its members are the true defendrs of freedom – and if you don't conform to their very specific definition of what that means, they'll accuse you of being anti-American, anti-God and helping the enemy. And if you're a GOP politician, they'll threaten to primary you until you tow the party line.

    Yep, freedom is what the GOP is all about ... *sarcasm*

    January 27, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    Freedom: respectful women of integrity.

    Translation: They know their place and are happy to be kept in it by us menfolk.

    January 27, 2014 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    The first woman president will be a Democrat – and it'll be fun to watch all the repub heads 'splode.

    January 27, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
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