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Jindal Tapped For Republican Response To Obama

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Republican leaders of the 111th Congress announced Wednesday that Louisiana Governor and rising star of the party Bobby Jindal will deliver the Republican response following President Obama's remarks to a joint session of Congress on February 24th.

Governor Jinal will make his address from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) praised the young governor in their announcement to members of the press.

"Gov. Jindal embodies what I have long said: the Republican Party must not be simply the party of 'opposition,' but the party of better solutions. His stewardship of the state of Louisiana, dedication to reforming government, and commitment to bringing forth new and innovative ideas make him a leader not just within the Republican Party, but in our nation as a whole, " a statement from Boehner read. Senator McConnell said he was "an excellent choice" to deliver the party's response.

The White House announced the date of President Obama's first address to the both legislative houses Tuesday after the president was invited by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.