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Live Annotation of Democratic Response To State of the Union Address

Jan 30, 2018

Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, seen as a rising political star with a famous last name, will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union on Tuesday. We will be annotating the response live.

Top Democratic leaders in Congress call Kennedy a "relentless fighter for working Americans." Kennedy is the grandson of the late Robert Kennedy, the former U.S. attorney general and New York senator who was assassinated in 1968. He is also the great nephew of both the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and the late president John F. Kennedy.

Although Kennedy has served in Congress since 2013, the 37-year-old has kept a relatively low political profile.

Aside from his famous surname, Kennedy is not well known outside of Massachusetts. But, at least for a few minutes, his role as rebutter-in-chief will make him the face of a Democratic Party hoping to make big gains in midterm elections later this year.

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He'll deliver his address from Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School in Fall River, Mass., about an hour south of Boston, before an audience of students and other members of the community.