Bachmann: My SOTU Response Is Not ‘Competition’ With Paul Ryan

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) attracted a lot of attention when it was announced last week that she will deliver her own response to the State of the Union address. But as she says, she is not competing with the official Republican response that will be delivered by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI).

Bachmann was picked by the Tea Party Express group — compared to Ryan, who was picked by the GOP leadership.

The Star Tribune reports:

But speaking to reporters Monday, she distanced herself from Beltway rumblings that she was challenging the GOP establishment by addressing the Tea Party Express. Rep. Paul Ryan is offering the official Republican response.

“I’m just reacting to what President Obama is saying, to the Tea Party Express group,” Bachmann said at the State Capitol. “It’s not meant to be in competition in any way. Paul Ryan is the official GOP response and he’ll do a wonderful job.”