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Sen. Mike Lee to give Tea Party response to Obama

5:00 PM ET, Jan 21, 2014
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Sen. Mike Lee has been tapped to deliver the Tea Party response to President Obama's State of the Union Address next week.

Lee, a Republican from Utah, is a favorite of the small government, anti-tax movement who helped drive last year's push to defund the national health care law. The senator, first elected in 2010, is sometimes overshadowed by his friend and fellow GOP senator, Ted Cruz of Texas, who is credited with leading the government shutdown over Obamacare.

Obama will deliver the State of the Union speech on Jan. 28.

"For the Tea Party movement, 2014 is not just about taking back the Senate, but it is also about putting forward conservative ideas that will allow for America to prosper," said Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express. "Senator Mike Lee has been both a Tea Party hero for supporters across the nation, and a conservative leader in the upper chamber."

The Tea Party remarks are a recent addition to State of the Union night, and come after the official Republican response to Obama. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., have also countered Obama for the Tea Party.

No word yet on who will give the official GOP response.

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