@Tokyoti: The Tea Party response is rather new. Minnesota Rep Michelle Bachmann gave one previously.
@Jack, I can assure you we're not censoring conservative posters.
@Jack, I think if you followed tonight's chat, including the rather personal attacks on NPR journalists, you'll see that we are not "censoring" anyone. But comments are moderated during times of high traffic, mainly because y'all are posting faster than the live chat software lets us put them up.
Now, all the lawmakers are out in Statuary Hall, where they're standing in line waiting their turn to appear on assorted TV cameras offering their reactions to the speech.
Sen. Marco Rubio is on the air.
We are not airing the Tea Party response, just Rubio's official GOP response.
President Obama has concluded his remarks. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will give the Republican response shortly. Thoughts? #STL #SOTU
C-SPAN will also be airing the Tea Party response.
Not that it means anything but Rubio is wearing a blue tie that looks just like the one Obama wore tonight.
Let's recap a bit of the laundry-list of proposals Obama made during his speech:
— Obama proposed comprehensive immigration reform as well as comprehensive tax and entitlement reforms.
— On climate change Obama suggested a "bipartisan, market-based solution." If not, he'll act through executive actions.
— On Afghanistan, he's pulling 34,000 U.S. troops from within a year.
— He's proposing a national universal pre-school program.
— Obama wants Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour and tie further raises to inflation.
— The president also asked Congress to simply take a vote on measures that would tighten gun laws.
— Obama proposed a commission that would take a look at the "voting experience in America."
— On the economy, Obama sent a message to Congress that allowing sequester to go through would be a mistake. And he defiantly told Republicans: "deficit reduction alone is not an economic plan."
Buzz, Rubio is a US senator from Florida.
Rubio: "every life, at every stage, is precious."
Hmmm. Is he talking to Iowa GOP caucus-goers there?