Dems Tap Former Ky. Gov. Beshear To Counter Trump Speech

Feb 24, 2017

Democrats have tapped former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear to deliver the party's response to President Donald Trump's address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday night.

That's the word on Friday from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. They also announced that immigration activist Astrid Silva will deliver the Spanish language response to the speech.

In a statement, Beshear said "real leaders don't spread derision and division — they build partnerships and offer solutions instead of ideology and blame."

Beshear embraced the 2010 health care overhaul and expanded coverage for Kentuckians.

The choice of the former governor stands as a counterpoint to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, who has promised to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law.