GOP wants time to respond to Obama healthcare speech

John Boehner asks the networks to let his party counter the president's address to Congress

Published September 4, 2009 2:45PM (EDT)

Republicans are not about to let President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress next week go unchallenged -- not when it's an attempt to restart the debate over healthcare reform on friendlier ground for him.

House Republican Leader John Boehner has asked the networks to provide time for a response from his party, ABC News' George Stephanopoulos reports. Boehner reportedly pointed out that when then-President Clinton made a similar speech in 1993, Republicans gave a response then, and got airtime for it.

No word yet on who'll be giving the address. Last time there was a response to be made, the task fell to a rising star in the party, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, but he flopped, and this isn't a showcase sort of opportunity anyway.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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