Rand Paul's Tea Party address comes on Tuesday (Feb. 12), following the State of the Union speech by President Barack Obama. According to a report from Sunday (Feb. 10), this is the third year that the group has issued a rebuttal to Obama's speeches. What Paul claims, though, is that he won't be giving a speech that will divide Republicans.
Paul talked about his upcoming speech while on CNN. He stated that, "I see it as an extra response. I don't see it as necessarily divisive." Later Paul would say that, "I won't say anything on there that necessarily is like, 'Marco Rubio is wrong.' He and I don't always agree, but this isn't about he and I. This is about the tea party."
The 2013 State of the Union Address is going to begin shortly after 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET on Tuesday, with nearly every major network planning to air it live. Networks like MSNBC and Fox News will air it again later in the night for those Americans who aren't able to watch it live or simply want to watch it again.
As for the official Republican response to President Obama, that will come from Florida Senator Marco Rubio. Rubio is considered to be one of the front runners for the Republican Party and is expected to become a candidate for the 2016 presidential nomination. That can be said about Paul as well, which is a reason for him to make a good speech on Tuesday.
Rand Paul's Tea Party address is something that will follow him into the next election season, so there has been a lot of importance placed upon this speech.