The Democratic Party is looking back to its past and toward the future with its pick to give the official State of the Union response: Rep. Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts.
A millennial in his own right, the 37-year-old congressman joined Snapchat this week to detail his preparation for the speech.
But older Democrats will likely appreciate that Kennedy is living up to his family name, as he’s the grand son of Robert F. Kennedy, which would make President John F. Kennedy and Sen. Ted Kennedy, the congressman’s late great uncles.
Rep. Joe Kennedy III is the Democrats’ official pick to give the party’s rebuttal to President Trump’s State of the Union tonight
The 37-year-old congressman is the grand son of Robert F. Kennedy. A millennial in his own right, he joined Snapchat this week so people could follow him online
The Democrats tapped Virginia Del. Elizabeth Guzman to deliver the party’s official rebuttal in Spanish Tuesday night
The speech is one of the most tricky to handle in politics, as it’s sometimes predicted future success – though has also produced some unshakable meme-worthy moments.
Both Speakers Nancy Pelosi and Paul Ryan delivered a State of the Union rebuttals before gaining the speaker’s gavel.
In 2016, President Obama’s last year in office, the Republicans put out then South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.
She’s since gone on to become the country’s ambassador to the United Nations.
Sure, Sen. Marco Rubio rose in prominence after he delivered the Republicans’ counter-argument in 2013, but he still gets picked on over how he awkwardly sipped water mid-address.
And Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Louisiana Republican, is barely on the political radar these days, after flubbing his 2009 response to President Obama’s first joint address before Congress.
Jindal’s lasting impression on pop culture-savvy Americans was his strong resemblance to the 30 Rock character Kenneth the Page.
Kennedy will have the challenge of pre-writing a response, before actually hearing President Trump’s State of the Union.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent and a 2016 Democratic presidential hopeful, will make his own counter-argument against President Trump’s speech in real time Tuesday night
Rep. Maxine Waters will appear Wednesday night on BET, a full 24 hours after President Trump’s speech, to give yet another Democratic counterpoint
Donna Edwards, who had served in the U.S. House before launching an unsuccessful Senate bid, will be delivering a rebuttal on behalf of the Working Families Party, as she runs for office in Maryland’s Prince George’s County
And this year, he’ll have lots of competition among members of his own party as well.
The Democrats officially sanctioned Virginia Del. Elizabeth Guzman to give the Spanish version of the party’s rebuttal speech.
But Sen. Bernie Sanders, taking the opportunity for a second year in a row, will bark his own response to the left-wing of the party, reacting to Trump’s speech in real time.
Rep. Maxine Waters, who has become famous among millennials as of late, is to deliver a response to Trump too, doing it from a perch at BET Wednesday night, a whole 24 hours after the president’s speech.
Waters will join former CNN pundit Angela Rye for a State of the Union special.
And finally former Maryland Rep. Donna Edwards, whose bid for the Senate in 2016 was quashed by fellow Democrat Chris Van Hollen, will give her own speech.
Edwards, who is running for Prince George’s County executive, is giving her rebuttal on behalf of the Working Families Party, the Washington Post said.