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McMorris Rodgers a VP contender (and other speech analysis)

Here's what's being said about Eastern Washington's Congresswoman, Cathy McMorris Rodgers after (and a little before) her speech responding to President Barack Obama's State of the Union:

The Washington Post says she's a vice presidential contender in 2016:

“Talk of a possible veep slot in 2016 is in the air, as is the possibility that McMorris Rodgers will rise through the House Republican ranks, should Boehner decided to step down in the coming years. Even though she has been part of the brass for a while, it’s as if Republicans are suddenly waking up to the focus-group charm of CMR.”

The Daily Kos calls baloney on McMorris Rodgers claims about “Bette in Spokane”:

Sorry, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, your story doesn't pass the smell test, and certainly doesn't withstand any level of detailed analysis.

McClatchy puts the honor of giving the opposition speech in perspective:

On Tuesday, she’ll become the 12th woman to give the opposition speech and only the second chosen from the House Republican ranks, joining the late Rep. Jennifer Dunn, also of Washington state, who got the nod in 1999. Two Washington state Democrats took the assignment, too: Sen. Henry “Scoop” Jackson in 1970 and then-Gov. Gary Locke in 2003.


Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/2014/01/27/4780351/republicans-pitch-washington-state.html#storylink=cpy

McMorris Rodgers gives GOP prebuttle

U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, vice chair of the House Republican Conference, gave Fox News a preview of the GOP's rebuttle to tonight's expected themes in President Obama's State of the Union address. The congresswoman from Spokane took repeated shots at Obama's rejection of the Keystone pipeline, saying America needs the private sector jobs.

“At a time when we need to be putting Americans back to work, the President, unfortunately, is saying ‘no’ to American energy and ‘no’ to American jobs,” McMorris Rodgers told Fox News commentator Bill Hemmer.  “That’s the wrong answer.

Here's a clip of the TV appearance:

The president is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address at 6 p.m. PT tonight, and is expected to call for higher tax rates on America's millionaires.

Fact Check: State of the Union

Wonder what to believe among all the things you heard before, during and after President Barack Obama’s “State of the Union” speech?

PolitiFact.com breaks down some of the comments of both sides. Click here to see who was lying and who was truthing.

And as a bonus, here’s a clip of Obama’s speech when he jabs the Supreme Court for its recent ruling on campaign finance. Can you spot any Washington State politicians in it?


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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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