GOP Lands Two Counterpunches Following State Of The Union


GOP lands two counterpunches following State of the Union The Republican Party had two opportunities to address a national audience following President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Jan. 25.

Representative Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) gave the official GOP response to the President's speech, followed by Representative Michele Bachmann's (R-Minn.) stance on behalf of the Tea Party. While both lawmakers challenged Obama on several key issues, such as healthcare reform and out-of-control government spending, their style was drastically different.

Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee, spoke in a straightforward language that focused on the dangers of a growing national deficit.

"Our nation is approaching a tipping point. We are at a moment, where if government's growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America's best century will be considered our past century," Ryan said in his televised response.

Bachmann, who chairs the House Tea Party caucus, opted for metaphors and visual aids. During her response, which aired on CNN, Bachmann pointed to the famous World War II photo of United States soldiers hoisting the American flag at Iwo Jima. She said that the picture symbolizes how the U.S. came together to "beat back a totalitarian aggressor," which is the type of effort needed today to overcome the nation's debt crisis. 

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