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Kennedy Explains Multiple Democratic SOTU Responses: Party Is 'Big Tent Party'

Kennedy Explains Multiple Democratic SOTU Responses: Party Is 'Big Tent Party'

Following President Donald Trump's first State of the Union address Tuesday night, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Massachusetts) attacked Trump's administration as leaving people behind, and called for bringing people together.

Kennedy is the grandson of slain Senator Robert F. Kennedy and grand-nephew of the slain US President John F. Kennedy and the late Senator Edward Kennedy, who for 50 years was one of the dominant voices of Democratic politics.

"We choose pensions that are solvent, trade pacts that are fair, roads and bridges that won't rust away, and good education you can afford", Kennedy said.

A Kennedy was chosen to be the face of the Democratic party once again tonight.

"We are bombarded with one false choice after another: coal miners or single moms, rural communities or inner cities, the coast or the heartland", Kennedy said. Because the greatest, strongest, richest country int the world should not have to leave anyone behind.

Watch the full video of Rep. Kennedy's address above. "You get both", Kennedy told Town & Country in a 2017 profile, acknowledging that being part of the Kennedy political machine certainly has its pros and cons.

And he has demonstrated a willingness to actively oppose Mr. Trump's policies, as much of the Democratic Party's liberal base is demanding. Virginia Del. Elizabeth Guzman will give the Democrats' official Spanish-language response, although it's not clear how her message will differ from Kennedy's.

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Trump, during his speech, called on Congress to fix immigration laws and beef up border security to better protect Americans, adding "because Americans are dreamers too".

On Tuesday I urged Kennedy to give a nod to reality, by saying, for example: We are in abnormal, frightening times, led by an unfit president. He drew particular acclaim for passionate speeches denouncing Republican policies, including an indignant response to the claim by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) that repealing the Affordable Care Act was "an act of mercy".

Speaking to a gathering of students and community members in a blue-collar MA town, Kennedy argued that working class Americans are victims of economic inequality.

The Sanders appeal was more outwardly political than Kennedy's, though the MA congressman did make mention of the rise of grassroots activism during Trump's first year.

The congressman is related to former Rep. Patrick Kennedy of Rhode Island, who co-founded leading anti-legalization organization Smart Approaches to Marijuana, which is perhaps the simplest explanation for his tendency to vote against cannabis measures in contravention of the views of his constituents and party colleagues.

Hatred and supremacy proudly marching in our streets. But one thing he's at odds with many Democrats about is his stance on marijuana. "This nagging and sinking feeling, no matter your political beliefs, this is not right, this is not who we are".


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