McDonnell to deliver GOP response to the State of the Union
If you thought the national spotlight was already intense on Virginia’s new Governor, you haven’t seen anything yet. Next Wednesday, Bob McDonnell will give the Republican response to President Barack Obama‘s State of the Union. Virginia politicians have often been served in this role before. Both former Governor Tim Kaine and Senator Jim Webb delivered the Democratic response to State of the Unions during the Bush Administration.
While there are certainly benefits to the Republican being showcased on such a high-profile stage, it is a dicey proposition. Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, a highly touted GOP rising star, took quite a hit after his rocky response to Barack Obama’s first address to a joint session of Congress, shortly after the new President was elected.
The official announcement from the Governor’s office is after the jump:
Governor McDonnell to Deliver Republican Address to the Nation
Address Will Follow President’s State of the Union Address
Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell will deliver the Republican Address to the Nation, immediately following the President’s State of the Union Address. McDonnell is delivering the Address at the invitation of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) and House Republican Leader John Boehner (OH). The Address will take place on the evening of Wednesday January 27th. Further details regarding location, coverage and exact time will be released in the days ahead.