Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will give the tea party response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday, following the Republican response by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
Amy Kremer of the Tea Party Express announced Friday in a press release: “We are excited to have Senator Paul deliver the 3rd Tea Party State of the Union response next week. Americans are fed up with Washington politics that fail to address America’s fiscal woes. Tea Party Express has called for reducing the size, cost, and intrusiveness of the federal government, and we have stood strongly for pro-growth policies to get the economy growing and job creation increased."
The group tried to strike a conciliatory tone about the GOP's speaker, Rubio, who is another tea party favorite. "We are happy to see that the Republicans have selected Tea Party conservative Senator Marco Rubio to deliver their response. Both Senator Rubio and Senator Paul will articulate pro-growth messages that will resonate with the American people," she said.
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) delivered the group's response in 2011, and drew widespread mockery for looking into the wrong camera.