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

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WASHINGTON (AP/WPRI) – Rep. Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address next week.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer made the announcement in a statement Thursday night. They say Kennedy is “a relentless fighter for working Americans.” The 37-year-old Kennedy is serving his third term in the House.

Pelosi and Schumer say Elizabeth Guzman of Virginia will deliver the Spanish-language response to Trump’s speech. Guzman, 44, is an immigrant from Peru who was recently elected to Virginia’s House of Delegates.

“It’s gonna be my words, the leadership team hasn’t chimed in at all, it’ll be my speech and I’ll have a busy weekend,” Kennedy said.

The Democratic leaders say Kennedy and Guzman will emphasize that “Democrats are laser-focused on enacting policies to benefit middle-class Americans, not special interests or the wealthiest.”

“I think you can expect from a democratic alternative putting again some of those actions and inactions of this administration in context,” Kennedy said.

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