By The Right Scoop

Wow. Looks like Marco Rubio has some competition next Tuesday night:

WAPO – Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) will deliver a “tea party response” to President Obama’s State of the Union address on behalf of the organization Tea Party Express.

The speech pits Paul against Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, who will deliver the official Republican response to Obama’s speech Tuesday night. Both Paul and Rubio are considered likely presidential contenders in 2012.

But Paul has been positioning himself as the conservative choice in the 2016 GOP presidential primary, and delivering a non-establishment rebuttal to Obama’s address only bolsters his credentials in that role.

Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer’s announcement makes it clear that Paul will have some competition. She praised the GOP for choosing Rubio, a “Tea Party conservative,” to speak. Rubio and Paul “will articulate pro-growth messages that will resonate with the American people,” she said.

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