GOP Picks Budget Hawk Ryan to Respond to Obama's State of Union Address - FoxNews.com
Rep. Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, will deliver the Republican speech following President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, party leaders announced Friday.
House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said they chose the Wisconsin Republican because he will play a key role in the GOP drive to cut federal spending this year.
"Paul Ryan is uniquely qualified to address the state of our economy and the fiscal challenges that face our country," Boehner said in a statement. "We're broke, and decisive action is needed to help our economy get back to creating jobs and end the spending binge in Washington that threatens our children's future. I'm pleased that Paul will be outlining a common-sense vision for moving our country forward."
"Paul Ryan has spent the better part of the last two years explaining exactly why the Democrat agenda has been so bad for jobs and the economy, and why we need to ditch the government-driven approach in favor of creative, common-sense solutions that put the American people back in charge," McConnell said in a statement.