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 KennedyMassachusetts is leading the way on gun safety, but we can’t do it alone Senate Republicans urgently need to embrace criminal justice reform Overnight Health Care: Senators urge vote on delaying health insurance tax | Joe Kennedy III 'hopeful' he can back 'Medicare for all' bill | Latest Ebola outbreak becomes world's 2nd-worst 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 TrumpAustralia recognizes West Jerusalem as Israeli capital, won't move embassy Mulvaney will stay on as White House budget chief Trump touts ruling against ObamaCare: ‘Mitch and Nancy’ should pass new health-care law 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.”