JFK kin to respond to Trump's State of Union address

JFK kin to respond to Trump's State of Union address

JFK kin to respond to Trump's State of Union address

"I couldn't imagine a more fitting location to deliver the Democratic response to the State of the Union", Kennedy told the newspaper.

Democratic Rep. Joe Kennedy sharply criticized President Donald Trump and his administration, giving his party's response to the State of the Union with a speech that became a rallying cry around key causes that make up his party's coalition.

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"Unlike the president, Delegate Guzman has been a true fighter for working people, as evidenced by the legislation she has introduced, including a bill to ensure working Virginians have access to paid medical and family leave".

But that's not all.

The official response to the State of the Union is typically given by a young, rising lawmaker with star potential.

Kennedy's office has released excerpts ahead of his upcoming response, which will immediately follow the president's speech.

Trump, during his speech, called on Congress to fix immigration laws and beef up border security to better protect Americans, adding "because Americans are dreamers too".

But critics, from the left and right, say Kennedy - the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and grand-nephew of President John F. Kennedy and Sen. King, meanwhile, will be in the House Chamber facing the president whose policies have tried to block her from serving in the military.

Democrats need to net 24 seats in the House to take control of the lower chamber for the first time since 2011 and if they do political observers believe Mr. Kennedy could assume a larger role in the House, where he has served since 2013.

While Kennedy supports transgender rights, he's voted repeatedly against that most mainstream of progressive causes, marijuana legalization-including medical marijuana legalization. Kennedy will not be present for the State of the Union as Democrats chose him to give the rebuttal speech.

A MA native and soldier will be among those closely watching President Donald Trump's State of the Union address Tuesday. Bernie Sanders will livestream his own remarks on social media and Rep. Maxine Waters will speak as part of a program on BET.

In a statement to the PBS NewsHour on Tuesday, DCCC Chairman Ben Ray Luján said Kennedy's "powerful message resonates with all voters".

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