Republican Representative Paul Ryan To Deliver Response To Obamas State Of The Union Speech

01.25.11 | Sarah Harnisch

Representative Paul Ryan will be delivering the Republican rebuttal to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address tonight at 9 p.m. Ryan, unknown to most Americans, is 40 years old and has established himself as a leading Conservative thinker on federal spending. He's chairman of the House Budget Committee and today, the House could vote to give him unprecedented power to force spending cuts for 2011. It would allow him to act without a panel to decide what to cut. Hours after that vote, Mr. Ryan will speak to the nation in a televised address following the President's remarks to a joint session of Congress. He was chosen by House speaker John Baynor and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell. Representative Dan Lungren from California said if he was starting a football team in a national budget league, he'd pick Paul Ryan as the captain and the quarterback.