Rep. Joe Kennedy III, Del. Elizabeth Guzman to deliver Dems' response to Trump's SOTU

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Saturday, January 27, 2018
Meet the Dems delivering party's response to Trump's SOTU
Meet the Democrats delivering the party's response to President Trump's State of the Union address.

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Joe Kennedy III of Massachusetts will deliver the Democratic response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer made the announcement in a statement Thursday night. They say Kennedy is "a relentless fighter for working Americans."

Kennedy, 37, is serving his third term in the House. The great-nephew of former Pres. John F. Kennedy, he has served on the Committee on Foreign Affairs and the Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Kennedy said on Twitter that he was "deeply honored" to represent his party's agenda, which "stands in powerful contrast to President Trump's broken promises to American families."

Elizabeth Guzman of Virginia will deliver the Spanish-language response to Trump's speech. Guzman, 44, is an immigrant from Peru who was recently elected to Virginia's House of Delegates.

"This immigrant is charged with responding in Spanish to Trump during the State of the Union," she wrote in Spanish on Twitter after the announcement, later adding that she was "proud to be a Democrat."

The Democratic leaders say Kennedy and Guzman will emphasize that "Democrats are laser-focused on enacting policies to benefit middle-class Americans, not special interests or the wealthiest."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.