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McDonnell to give response to Obama State of Union speech tonight
Virginian Pilot ^ | Jan. 27, 2010 | Julian Walker

Posted on 01/27/2010 1:07:01 PM PST by La Enchiladita

A national television audience will watch Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell deliver the Republican response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech this evening.

Asked about his message Tuesday, McDonnell told reporters he'll "put a happy, positive, pro-business face on the Republican party."

The governor expects to give a 10-minute address from the House of Delegates chamber in the State Capitol.

He said it will be "the shortest speech I've given in a long time," a self-deprecating crack about his penchant to expound at length on numerous topics.

But the governor's comments likely won't be all positive.

McDonnell said he also will express concern about federal government excess.

That national GOP leaders asked McDonnell to deliver the response is a signal the new governor is viewed as an up and comer in the party.

He wasn't far removed from his landslide November victory in the governor's race when the proposition was presented to him in recent weeks, McDonnell revealed Tuesday.

In similar fashion, former Gov. Timothy M. Kaine was just beginning his term in 2006 when he delivered a response to then-President George W. Bush's State of the Commonwealth speech.

Because Obama's speech is to begin at 9 tonight, McDonnell aides expect the governor will speak sometime around 10 p.m.


TOPICS: Announcements; Government; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: 111th; bho44; bhosotu; gopresponse; mcdonnell; virginia

1 posted on 01/27/2010 1:07:02 PM PST by La Enchiladita
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To: La Enchiladita

Should have let Scott Brown (or Sarah Palin) do it


2 posted on 01/27/2010 1:08:05 PM PST by Mr. K (This administration IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY!)
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To: La Enchiladita

I may just watch that if I know when it starts...


3 posted on 01/27/2010 1:08:45 PM PST by b4its2late (Before you can control a horse, you have to break it. Sound familiar?)
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To: Mr. K
They should have honored Mass. for electing Scott Brown, and let him give the response. Ma. earned that privilege for sure.
4 posted on 01/27/2010 1:11:11 PM PST by annieokie
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To: La Enchiladita
The governor expects to give a 10-minute address from the House of Delegates chamber in the State Capitol

and MSNBC will spend the next three days dissecting and making snide comments for every minute of it

5 posted on 01/27/2010 1:11:33 PM PST by NMEwithin
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To: NMEwithin

But, so few watch MSNBC that it won’t matter, most times they are talking the a handful from the RAT forums!


7 posted on 01/27/2010 1:13:15 PM PST by blondee123 (Don't blame me, I voted for Sarah !)
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To: Mr. K
Huh?

Gov. McDonnell just last November (2009) absolutely trounced the outgoing 'Rat governor's handpicked successor in an epic landslide of votes. Creigh Deeds is probably still wandering around in a daze, wondering what happened.

8 posted on 01/27/2010 1:14:13 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Will I have to watch Obama for McDonnell to make sense? Not sure it’s worth it.


9 posted on 01/27/2010 1:15:30 PM PST by nina0113
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To: Mr. K

Governor McDonnell is a fine choice.

Although part of me wanted to see Joe Wilson give the response....


10 posted on 01/27/2010 1:16:22 PM PST by NeoCaveman (usually clean, often articulate, only a slight Cro-Magnon accent except when I want to have one)
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To: La Enchiladita

I am not going to watch/listen.


11 posted on 01/27/2010 1:17:22 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: nina0113

No. I certainly won’t subject myself to Usurper Um-bama, but will tune in 7:00-7:30 p.m. Pacific time for McDonnell. (God bless him.)


12 posted on 01/27/2010 1:17:43 PM PST by La Enchiladita (It's morning in Massachusetts: the Spirit of '76 has preserved Liberty, thanks be to God.)
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To: La Enchiladita

This should be good. I’ve never seen him speak and gather he’s pretty effective. I may even watch it, for sure I’m not watching Bambi. He’s insufferable and I’d likely throw something at the tv.


13 posted on 01/27/2010 1:18:51 PM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: annieokie
I think Virginia earned it back in November.
14 posted on 01/27/2010 1:19:49 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: NeoCaveman
"Although part of me wanted to see Joe Wilson give the response...."

That could have been a pay per view event for sure.

McDonnell I believe will do a great job.

Happy it wasn't John McCain.

He would have found nothing wrong with the 0 speech and would have praised him.

15 posted on 01/27/2010 1:19:49 PM PST by VicVega (who dat-brett favre blew dat. GEAUX SAINTS)
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To: Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)

I won’t watch either. I’ll let Rush fill me in.


16 posted on 01/27/2010 1:20:42 PM PST by shiva
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To: oldskuulconserv

And from Virginia, the birthplace of the Father of Our Nation, General George Washington... hope he mentions him... hint, hint (2nd American Revolution).


17 posted on 01/27/2010 1:20:47 PM PST by La Enchiladita (It's morning in Massachusetts: the Spirit of '76 has preserved Liberty, thanks be to God.)
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To: La Enchiladita

Well, I’m all for “happy, positive and pro-business” but he’ll strike more chords across the entire country if he eviscerates Zeroman’s failed policies, call them what they are (socialism) and explain why republicans have a much better plan.

Hopefully this will be the case with the governor and I wish him good luck.


18 posted on 01/27/2010 1:22:05 PM PST by prairiebreeze (Prayers for the Ft. Hood families, victims and soldiers.)
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To: Mr. K

Neither one is an official office holder which they always get to give the rebuttal. Brown won’t be sworn in until Feb and Palin quit as Governor. If you wanted Palin, then she should have stayed Governor.


19 posted on 01/27/2010 1:22:59 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Rick Perry - TX Gov/Coburn/Rubio - Senate 2010 !)
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To: La Enchiladita
State of the UNION?

You mean the " Iam your pretend president and I have been sucessful at dismantling America politcally,economically and socially. OUR UNION IS WEAK!!" Speech

Congress should bag the pretend president in the House chamber, tag him and deport his treasonous a$$ to Kenya.Send that treaonous dick head Holder with him.

I wouldn't listen to Obama if you paid me to.I want to hear his screams as Congress arrests him and deports him for the treasonous, imposter he truly is.Thats ALL I need to hear.

A parasite needs removal.

20 posted on 01/27/2010 1:24:55 PM PST by Candor7 (((The effective weapons against Oba- Fascism are ridicule, derision , truth (.Member NRA)))
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To: La Enchiladita

McDonnell is a great choice. I predict he’ll be engaging and positive.


21 posted on 01/27/2010 1:25:58 PM PST by OldDeckHand
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To: Mr. K
Should have let Scott Brown (or Sarah Palin) do it

Nah. It's good to have a sitting Governor give the reply . . . and this sitting Governor is great! ;-)

22 posted on 01/27/2010 1:26:09 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: La Enchiladita
I will not watch.....As a post I read from a FReeper, he is not welcomed in this house. I will read comments on this website though.
23 posted on 01/27/2010 1:27:26 PM PST by ColdOne
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To: Right_in_Virginia

Hope he’s better than Jindal last year. Yikes! Not his finest moment.


24 posted on 01/27/2010 1:27:59 PM PST by rintense (Only dead fish go with the flow, which explains why Congress stinks.)
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To: La Enchiladita

We’d be so much better off if McDonnell were president....

Ten minutes sounds too short. I am glad he will be positive but I hope he presents some strong responses and criticisms of 0’s more outrageous plans.


25 posted on 01/27/2010 1:29:24 PM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: La Enchiladita

McDonnell is an excellent choice. Glad to see he was chosen.


26 posted on 01/27/2010 1:29:37 PM PST by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Rick Perry - TX Gov/Coburn/Rubio - Senate 2010 !)
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To: shiva

Me too...either Rush or more likely you wonderful freepers as you post your comments tomorrow.


27 posted on 01/27/2010 1:29:41 PM PST by Gatún(CraigIsaMangoTreeLawyer)
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To: La Enchiladita
Isn't it time to do away with these silly "responses"? My recollection is that they were instituted by the Dims when President Reagan was giving the SOTU.

The real response will be delivered beginning at 12:06:40 PM tomorrow on over 600 radio stations around the country.

ML/NJ

28 posted on 01/27/2010 1:34:14 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: rintense
Hope he’s better than Jindal last year. Yikes! Not his finest moment.

On this we can both agree ;^D

Plan on stopping by later on?

29 posted on 01/27/2010 1:39:00 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: Right_in_Virginia

Perhaps. Depends on how my headache is. Listening to Obama will likely make it worse.


30 posted on 01/27/2010 1:44:48 PM PST by rintense (Only dead fish go with the flow, which explains why Congress stinks.)
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To: PhiKapMom

You are right. McDonell is an excellent choice.


31 posted on 01/27/2010 1:46:40 PM PST by katiedidit1
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To: La Enchiladita

This link http://www.soturesponse.com/ is on McDonnell’s facebook page. There is some scheduling information for tonight’s speeches at the link.

McDonnell’s GOP response will be streaming live at that link for those without television access tonight or desire twitter updates.


32 posted on 01/27/2010 1:51:49 PM PST by HokieMom (Pacepa : Can the U.S. afford a president who can't recognize anti-Americanism?)
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To: rintense
Perhaps. Depends on how my headache is. Listening to Obama will likely make it worse.

Sorry to hear about the headache . . . hope you feel better fast!

Hit the mute button and watch Obama like a silent movie . . . it's quite entertaining ;-)

33 posted on 01/27/2010 2:00:02 PM PST by Right_in_Virginia
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To: La Enchiladita

Great. An opportunity to let the pubes show they’re just as out of touch as the rats. A happy pro-business face?


34 posted on 01/27/2010 2:35:00 PM PST by ichabod1 ( I am rolling over in my grave and I am not even dead yet.)
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To: rintense
Hope he’s better than Jindal last year.

You're not the only one thinking that...

35 posted on 01/27/2010 4:02:44 PM PST by La Enchiladita (It's morning in Massachusetts: the Spirit of '76 has preserved Liberty, thanks be to God.)
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To: oldskuulconserv

For those who didn’t see it last night he knocked it out of thr park last night!!


36 posted on 01/28/2010 9:25:39 AM PST by painter (No wonder democrats don't mind taxes.THEY DON'T PAY THEM !)
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