House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., say freshman U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., will deliver the official Democratic response to President Bush’s State of the Union Address on January 23.
“In a call echoed by Americans across this nation, the people of Virginia sent Senator Webb to Congress to help take our country in a new direction,” Pelosi and Reid say in a news release. “As a combat veteran, he understands personally how crucial it is to find a new direction in Iraq and begin to bring the war to a close. Senator Webb represents the sweeping demand for leaders who will put aside gridlock in Washington to deliver change at home and abroad.”
For those just joining us, Webb is a Marine Corps Vietnam vet and Reagan-era Secretary of the Navy whose son is currently serving in Iraq; his upset victory last November over Republican incumbent George Allen helped give the Democrats their razor-thin Senate majority. Listen and watch for some fireworks in this speech.