Arkansas Gov. Sanders To Deliver GOP Response To Biden’s State Of The Union

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Feb 03, 2023 - 03:15 PM

Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders will deliver the Republicans’ response to President Joe Biden’s State of the Union address next week, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Feb. 2.

Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks at the America First Policy Institute Agenda Summit in Washington, on July 26, 2022. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

Biden, who is scheduled to deliver his address on the night of Feb. 7 to both houses of Congress, is expected to tout what he says are his administration’s accomplishments of his first two years in office.

In announcing that Sanders—a former White House press secretary under former President Donald Trump—will deliver the GOP response to Biden, Republicans again criticized the Biden administration’s policies.

Americans are still struggling from inflation, a border crisis, record crime, and a failing school system,” McCarthy said in a statement. “As House Republicans work to fix these problems in Congress with our Commitment to America, Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders is addressing them head-on with her conservative agenda outside of Washington.”

McConnell stated that as “Biden keeps repeating old mistakes and failing Americans, a rising generation of Republican Governors are fighting for families, advancing new solutions, and winning,” according to a Feb. 2 statement. He described Sanders as a “powerful advocate” for what he described as “commonsense conservative principles that will put our country back on a better course.”

Sanders was elected in November 2022 as the youngest Arkansas governor. She’s also the daughter of former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who ran unsuccessfully multiple times for the GOP presidential nomination.

Sanders said that she is “grateful for this opportunity” and noted that there is a “new generation of leaders ready to defend our freedom against the radical left and expand access to quality education, jobs, and opportunity for all.”

We are ready to begin a new chapter in the story of America—to be written by a new generation of leaders ready to defend our freedom against the radical left and expand access to quality education, jobs, and opportunity for all,” she added.

Last month, McCarthy formally invited Biden to deliver the address; the White House later confirmed that Biden accepted the invitation. It will be the first time that Biden addresses a divided Congress as president and McCarthy’s first State of the Union address as House speaker.

“We have received Speaker McCarthy’s kind invitation, and the president has accepted it and looks forward to delivering the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2023,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement.

In the invitation to the president, McCarthy wrote that “the new year brings a new Congress, and with it, a responsibility to work towards an economy that is strong, a nation that is safe, a future that is built on freedom, and a government that is accountable.

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