Mass. Rep. Kennedy to ship State of the Union response

Joseph Kennedy III is seen at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston Massachusetts

U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy will represent the Democratic Party to deliver a response to U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union (SOTU) address next week, the Democratic Party announced Friday. Howard Dean, the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee gushed: "This is a Kennedy who could be president", the Globe noted.

Mr Kennedy came to attention previous year for his criticism of Republican attempts to end Obamacare.

"I am honored to have been selected alongside Congressman Kennedy to give the Democratic response to the State of the Union address", Guzman said in a news release.

Some political observers believe the three-time congressman will appeal to working- and middle-class voters, who the Democrats would argue have been neglected by Trump, despite his campaign pledges.

U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Charles E. Schumer called Kennedy "a relentless fighter for working Americans".




"From health care to economic justice to civil rights, the Democratic agenda stands in powerful contrast to President Trump's broken promises to American families", Kennedy said in a statement.

Elizabeth Guzman of Virginia will deliver the Spanish-language response to Trump's speech.

The Massachusetts congressman comes from one of the most prominent families in American politics as the great nephew of former President John F. Kennedy.

The Hill also reported that the SOTU will be preceded by another anti-Trump event scheduled for Monday night: "A group of anti-Trump celebrities, including Mark Ruffalo and Whoopi Goldberg, have also announced plans to hold a "People's State of the Union" as a counter-event on Monday night".

Kennedy took office in 2013 and represents the 4th congressional district in MA when he replaced Barney Frank.

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