by Bill Felmlee, Thu Jan 19, 2006 at 06:42:06 AM EST
Democrats Tap Kaine to Deliver State of the Union Response
By Michael D. Shear
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 19, 2006; 10:25 AM
RICHMOND, Jan.19 -- Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has been tapped to give the Democratic Party's response to President Bush's State of the Union speech on Jan. 31, according to Capitol Hill sources.
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi are scheduled to call Kaine Thursday morning to officially ask him to accept. They, along with Gov. Bill Richardson, the chairman of the Democratic Governor's Association, are expected to make the announcement later this afternoon, according to two sources, who declined to be identified before the announcement is made.
Kaine spokeswoman Delacey Skinner declined to comment, saying no announcement has been made yet.