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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tea Party Response to State of the Union

Michelle Bachmann, founder of the House Tea Party Caucus, gave her own response to the President's State of the Union Address for the Tea Party Express tonight. The speech featured the Constitution as the background, colorful graphs to illustrate the deficit under Obama compared to Bush, and the picture of U.S. soldiers raising the Flag on Iwo Jima to show American exceptionalism and unity. Both Bachmann and the GOP downplayed the idea that her speech competed with Paul Ryan's Republican response.

Is there precedent for additional groups like the Tea Party giving a response to the State of the Union, or is this something new?

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