WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will deliver the tea party response to President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday -- making his remarks after another “tea party” favorite, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), delivers the official Republican response.
This is the third year the tea party movement has fielded an official reaction to the president, as the Republican Party’s internal divisions continue to spill into the open.
Amy Kremer, chairwoman of Tea Party Express, said the conservative organization was excited that Paul would be following Rubio.
“Americans are fed up with Washington politics that fail to address America’s fiscal woes,” Kremer said. “Both Sen. Rubio and Sen. Paul will articulate pro-growth messages that will resonate with the American people.”
Paul and Rubio were tea party favorites during the 2010 midterm election, besting establishment-backed candidates as they rode a tea party wave that ushered record numbers of conservatives into Congress.