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

28 January, 2018, 00:26 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III greets a well-wisher during ceremonies on the 100th anniversary of the birth of his great-uncle President John F. Kennedy outside the home where JFK was born in Brookline Mass

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat, will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address. Kennedy has been an outspoken liberal voice against the Republican president.

At the end of previous year Kennedy's wife, Lauren, gave birth to James Matthew, their second child and sister to Ellie, who was born in 2015.

The Massachusetts representative is considered a Democratic rising star.

The 37-year-old has gained national prominence for his blistering speeches slamming Trump as well as the GOP-led effort to repeal and replace Obamacare last year.

The Huffington Post was reporting today that Kennedy was "expected to appeal to working-and middle class voters, who the Democrats will likely say have been abandoned by the president, despite Trump's campaign pledges".

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


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".

Virginia Democrat Elizabeth Guzman of the Virginia House of Delegates will give the Spanish-language response.

Joe P Kennedy III comes from strong political stock.

Delivering the response will put the great-nephew of former President John F. Kennedy on national television as the face of the Democratic Party. He has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2013.

The major party in opposition traditionally broadcasts a rebuttal speech following the US president's annual state of the union address, which is delivered to a joint session of Congress and sums up achievements and goals.

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