Rep. Michele Bachmann: My State of the Union response is not a State of the Union response

Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann downplayed her perceived role as a competitor to the GOP’s official response to President Obama’s State of the Union address, saying she never considered her choice to rebut the president Tuesday night as a “response” per-say.

“I was extended an invitation to the Tea Party Express to speak to their membership and I never took this as a State of the Union response necessarily that I would be giving,” Bachmann said Monday night. “I am not giving the official Republican response. This is not a competition. I’m very excited about Paul Ryan’s response, I think he’ll do a wonderful response. This was really a reaction that I was giving to people in the Tea Party.”

Last week the Tea Party Express, a California-based political action committee that spent millions of dollars over the past few years on conservative campaigns, announced that Bachmann would deliver an alternative response online after the inaugural speech. The e-mail to supporters was sent out just hours after the Republican Party announced that Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan would deliver the party’s “official” rebuttal on Tuesday night, leaving observers wondering if this was a possible sign of friction between the establishment and the Tea Party.

Bachmann is the founder the 52-member Congressional Tea Party Caucus.

Republican leaders shrugged off Bachmann’s decision to deliver a response online as just another medium among many that House and Senate members would use to comment on the president’s speech.

“Michele Bachmann, just as the other 534 members of the House and Senate, are going to have opinions as to the State of the Union. Again, this is a process that happens every year, and I look forward to all comments,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told reporters Monday. “But it’s Paul Ryan that’s giving the official Republican [response].”

In reaction to a question about why Bachmann is receiving a disproportionate share of attention for her response, Cantor responded, “Then maybe I should ask, why is that the case?”

As for the content of Bachmann’s State of the Union non-response, you will just have to wait and see: an aide whisked the congresswoman away from reporters before she could say.

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  • waldo

    Thanks to the Teaparty we have a chance for some fiscal sanity in this country before it’s too late.

  • redbankrick

    As she is giving her non-response response under the auspices of the TEABAGGER Express Bus of Fools, the Lame Stream Media is just waiting for some slip-up(s) that will allow them to use her to overshadow dully elected leader Ryan. Just as the bus of clowns has been the only group to fundraise off of the death of a 9 yr. old & others, & the mass shootings (other than for Socialist Sanders another disgrace)..they are hoping enough of us conservatives, and active TP participants, like me will log on & make even more donations tonight…Boycott em’!

    • brian61

      Your stream of consciousness is vaguely interesting, but unintelligible.

  • annbiz

    Michele Bachmann’s opinion is valued by many. More power to her. There are so many with intellect and energy that should NOT be quiet..that WAS our problem in the past..I agree with Mamacitizen, “the more the merrier”.

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  • Mamacitizen

    The more the merrier I say. Paul Ryan is terrific and so is Bachmann. The more conservatives are spreading their message, the more people that may hear it.

    Political news is always trying to find infighting, whether or not it is there.