Archive for Monday, January 28, 2008

Congressional Democrats heap praise on Sebelius

Governor to deliver response to Bush’s State of Union speech tonight

January 28, 2008


— Democratic congressional leaders this morning heaped praised on Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as she prepared to deliver the Democratic response to President Bush's State of the Union address.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., described Sebelius as "one of the Democratic Party's brightest stars."

And Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said, "She's a model of what we want to do in Washington."

Both leaders said Sebelius has demonstrated her ability to get things done and work in a bi-partisan manner.

Pelosi, Reid and Sebelius participated in a tele-conference in preparation for tonight's nationally televised speeches. Reid and Pelosi were in Washington, D.C., while Sebelius was in the Statehouse. She will give her speech from the governor's residence, Cedar Crest.

Sebelius said her speech will focus on issues that American families are concerned about, such as health insurance, economic development and the environment. She criticized Bush for twice vetoing an expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program.

"Those are the kinds of underlying issues that speak to the economic challenges of families here in the Heartland and across the country," Sebelius said.

Closer to home, Sebelius said no "deal" has been reached in the continuing debate over two proposed coal-burning power plants in western Kansas. Her administration rejected the two 700-megawatt plants, citing concerns with carbon dioxide emissions and global warming.

But supporters of the plants say they hope to reach a compromise with her office that would allow the plants to be constructed.

Sebelius said "conversations" are occurring about energy needs in Kansas, but she didn't elaborate. She said Congress should start working on national CO2 standards.

Majority Leader Reid was highly critical of coal interests, saying they weren't being honest with the public.

"Coal is one of the things that is ruining our world," he said.

But Pelosi said more research is needed to develop ways to mitigate the environmental impact of coal-burning plants.


Steve Jacob 9 years, 7 months ago

With a top speech tonight, she is trying to get on Obama's VP short list. A women (and a moderate) would balence the ticket out.

preebo 9 years, 7 months ago

This is the type of publicity that Kansas should be pround of rather then periodically popping up on the national radar for arguing science vs. God.

Paul R Getto 9 years, 7 months ago

preebo: I agree. Perhaps we are evolving after all in Kansas?

toefungus 9 years, 7 months ago

I could heap something other than praise.

BigDog 9 years, 7 months ago

Praise from Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi ..... must be her dream when trying to paint herself as a moderate Democrat.

nbnozzy 9 years, 7 months ago

As a registered Republican who has proudly voted for our Governor twice and thinks she is doing a good job for Kansas..... I wish she would distance herself as much possible away from the likes of Pelosi and Reid, two of the biggest "leftist elitists" in the country.

I've never voted for a democrat for President but she would be the first if she ever ran.

stuckinthemiddle 9 years, 7 months ago

not a fan of Pelosi or Reid either but they call the shots for the Democratic party in DC right now... and only through them does Governor Sebelius have this opportunity...

true_patriot 9 years, 7 months ago

anyone know when the SOTU actually starts (not the precoverage) - 7 or 8 pm?

jasonc_22 9 years, 7 months ago

i'm so proud of Kansas and Gov. Sebelius tonight...this was really cool.

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