1.21.2010

McDonnell to Give GOP Response to State of the Union

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell '89 (Law and Government) has been chosen to deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Wednesday, January 27.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Minority Leader John Boehner announced McDonnell's selection late last week. Boehner said McDonnell was chosen because of his solutions-oriented approach to putting Virginians back to work.

"As the American people continue to ask, 'where are the jobs,' Gov. McDonnell has offered common-sense economic policies in stark contrast to Washington Democrats' job-killing agenda," Boehner said in a written statement. "We don't need a government takeover of health care or a 'cap-and-trade' national energy tax -- we need a common-sense plan to help middle-class families and small businesses and allow them to keep more of what they earn so they can save, invest and hire."

McDonnell was inaugurated as the 71st governor of Virginia on January 16. He is the third elected official from Virginia in recent years to give the opposing party's response to the annual Sate of the Union.

The State of the Union will be broadcast live on national television, beginning at 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Gov. McDonnell's remarks will follow immediately after the president's.