Republican Women Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Spearhead GOP Response To SOTU
Immediately after President Obama's State Of The Union Address was delivered Tuesday night, the GOP aired their traditional rebuttal. In the hot seat this year was House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.,) who delivered a speech that criticized the President's job record and focused on the role of family and religious values in the lives of everyday Americans. Rodgers' rebuttal was one of four responses from the Republican Party, who have taken a four-pronged approach to Obama's speech that some say mirror the splintered factions of the party.
Rodgers' rebuttal was the official GOP response, but two more were offered from Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Mike Lee. A Spanish-language variant of her speech was given by the first Cuban American elected to Congress, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who has served since 1989. The choice of two women to be the face of the Republican response to Obama's speech is a not-so-subtle attempt to appeal to women and minorities, two demographics typically more likely to resonate with Obama's stated values.
The response address outlined what Rodgers claimed was a better, more hopeful future for Americans under the Republican Party, one that would see an expanded and restored middle class, and jobs regained.
Indeed, the Democrat Party is in danger of losing the Senate to the Republicans in the elections later this year, and so the stakes are high. In a statement, Ros-Lehtinen said that her speech would reflect the same values as Rodgers'. "The Republican message is simple," she wrote. "Less wasted money, more jobs and smaller government would help the economy and increase jobs."