Fmr. Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will deliver Democrats response to Trump's Tuesday speech

02/24/2017 10:25 AM

UPDATED: Kentucky’s former Governor Steve Beshear will deliver the Democratic Party response to President Donald Trump’s speech on Tuesday.

Trump is scheduled to address a joint session of Congress and deliver his vision and policy agenda for the United States on Tuesday evening.

Gov. Beshear drew applause from President Barack Obama after the 2013 roll out of the Affordable Care Act in Kentucky. Beshear attended Obama’s State of the Union address in January of 2014.

In a tweet sent after the announcement, Beshear said he was “honored to give the response to the president’s [State of the Union],” adding the speech will bring attention to Kentucky.

In a statement, Beshear’s son, Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear, said all Kentuckians should be excited and proud of his father.

“Every Kentuckian, regardless of political party, should be excited and proud that one of our own, former Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, will speak to the entire country and even the world,” Beshear said. “My dad takes every opportunity to highlight Kentucky’s success, and I expect him to talk about our shared values, the values he was taught by his dad, a Baptist preacher, that as Americans, we have a duty and moral obligation to support and care for each other.”

Republican Party of Kentucky spokesman Tres Watson responded to the appointment of Beshear calling it “laughable.”

“It’s laughable that Steve Beshear is being given a national stage to continue his myth that Obamacare was a success in Kentucky,” Watson said. “Health outcomes have not improved, the state co-op went belly-up, premiums for families have sky rocketed, insurers have left the state and the costs of Medicaid expansion threatens to drive our Commonwealth to the brink of bankruptcy.

“Obamacare has been an unmitigated disaster in Kentucky and Steve Beshear was the captain of that ship.”

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