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

By Alex Koppelman
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.

Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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