In another sign of the GOP Civil War, Sen. Rand Paul will deliver a Tea Party response to the president's State of the Union address right after Sen. Marco Rubio gives the official Republican rebuttal.
Paul, R-Ky., will speak in front of an audience at the National Press Club, which will also carry the event live on its web site, Politco reports.
"We are giving a voice to the tea party movement when the mainstream media and the Republican establishment wants to write us off as dead," said Amy Kremer, chairman of the Tea Party Express, CNN reports.
Both Rubio, R-Fla., and Paul have been aligned with the Tea Party, and there is speculation that each could run for president in 2016.
"We are proud that Marco Rubio is giving the official Republican Party response because he is a tea party conservative and one of our own," Kremer said to CNN. "But the Republican Party doesn't necessarily speak for all conservatives and the tea party movement has its own voice and this is our chance to be heard."