Democrat Joe Kennedy to respond to Trump's union speech

Joseph Kennedy III is seen at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston Massachusetts

U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy will represent the Democratic Party to deliver a response to U.S. President Donald Trump's State of the Union (SOTU) address next week, the Democratic Party announced Friday.

The speech will be the highest profile appearance of the 37-year-old Kennedy's political career, following his 2016 talk at the Democratic National Convention, where he introduced U.S. Sen.

Virginia Delegate Elizabeth Guzman, an immigrant from Peru, will provide the Spanish-language response for Democrats, according to Politico. He was chosen by House and Senate Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Charles Schumer.

Kennedy, the great-nephew of former President John F. Kennedy, is a 37-year-old rising star in the Democratic Party and is now serving his third term as a MA congressman.

The Hill also reported that the SOTU will be preceded by another anti-Trump event scheduled for Monday night: "A group of anti-Trump celebrities, including Mark Ruffalo and Whoopi Goldberg, have also announced plans to hold a "People's State of the Union" as a counter-event on Monday night".

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Guzman, D-Prince William, is one of the 19 freshman delegates sworn in to the House this month after a wave election in which Democrats picked up 15 seats in the chamber.

The Huffington Post was reporting today that Kennedy was "expected to appeal to working-and middle class voters, who the Democrats will likely say have been abandoned by the president, despite Trump's campaign pledges".

For President Obama's final response, Nikki Haley - now the United States' ambassador to the UN, - delivered the response.

"Driven by her faith and her belief in the promise of the American Dream, Elizabeth has been a vital, relentless leader for the voiceless", Pelosi said. It will be directly followed by Rep. Kennedy's response.

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