Rep. Joe Kennedy to Deliver Dem Response to Trump's SOTU

Rep. Joe Kennedy to deliver Dem response to Trump's State of the Union

Kennedy is seen as a rising star in the party and is a closely watched member of the House Democratic Caucus because of his famous last name and his future ambitions, Politico reported.

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, a politician with a very well-known name but relatively little prominence outside of his home state of MA, will deliver next week's Democratic rebuttal to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., offered praise for Kennedy and Guzman.

The full address is scheduled to run from 9-10:30 p.m. ET.

"His leadership has been vital in educating a next-generation workforce, in creating good-paying manufacturing jobs and in expanding opportunities for the middle class".

Others who will be skipping the president's speech include Rep. Kennedy has been an outspoken liberal voice against the Republican president.

Speaking to the Boston Globe, Mr Kennedy said: "From healthcare to economic justice to civil rights, the Democratic agenda stands in powerful contrast to President Trump's broken promises to American families".

Delivering the response will put the great-nephew of former President John F. Kennedy on national television as the face of the Democratic Party. It's mandated by the Constitution, which says the president shall "from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient".

Elizabeth Guzman of Virginia will deliver the Spanish-language response to Trump's speech.

Kennedy took office in 2013 and represents the 4th congressional district in MA when he replaced Barney Frank. "I'm honored to have been chosen by Leader Pelosi and Leader Schumer to deliver our party's response".

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