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McMorris Rodgers got to answer Obama

The president gives a regular radio address on the weekend. In the interests of fairness, Republicans get a few minutes of “equal time” to rebut, refute or otherwise try to counter what he has to say.

While the president's address is rarely big news, the GOP response often goes completely unnoticed, unless it happens to be picked up by the network news on a slow weekend.

The GOP passes the honor around so that no one person gets all the good face time. Last weekend, it was U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Eastern Washington's 5th Congressional District. Her topic: So, hey, Mr. President. How about those jobs you're always talking about? Where the heck are they?

Obama's address was a bit more wide ranging, talking about his Twitter Town Hall, talks to lift the debt ceiling and things he's doing to try to get more jobs.

Wait a minute, you say. It's radio so how can there be face time?

Well, they usually have a camera rolling to send out a video version, and post something on Youtube.

This is the video version of the McMorris Rodgers weekend radio address.

To see Obama's radio address, or to comment, click here and go inside the blog.



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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

Nick Deshais covers Spokane City Hall for The Spokesman-Review.

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