Kennedy on reaction to SOTU response: We’ve got to push through it

Kennedy on reaction to SOTU response: We’ve got to push through it

Rep. Joe KennedyJoseph (Joe) Patrick KennedyPeace Corps' sudden decision to leave China stirs blowback Kennedy outpaces Markey in Q4 fundraising Overnight Health Care — Presented by Philip Morris International — Dems warn Trump against Medicaid block grants | Sanders under pressure on how to pay for 'Medicare for All' | China to allow in US health officials to study coronavirus MORE III (D-Mass.) said in a new interview that reaction to his State of the Union response was "disappointing," adding that his critics are looking for a way to deflect from his message.

"We've kind of got to push through it," Kennedy told Politico's "Off Message" podcast, set to be released next week. 

"I’d like to think that part of the message I tried to deliver last night was an important one. Easy to understand why the people I was criticizing would look for any way to deflect it," he added.

Republicans and critics were quick to point out that Kennedy appeared to be wearing what looked like gloss on the corners of his mouth Tuesday evening, and mocked him on social media. 

 

 

 

 

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His speech was widely praised by Democrats and other viewers for its energetic and hopeful tone, however. 

While Kennedy painted a dark picture of the U.S. under President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE, he also expressed hope ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. 

“Have faith: the state of our union is hopeful, resilient and enduring," he said. 

“That is our choice. That is who we are. And it's time to fight for it.”