While the person designated to deliver the rebuttal to the president’s State of the Union address typically enjoys a higher profile in the days after the speech, the pre-emptive criticism is less common.
For his part, Ryan batted off the criticism Monday and took particular aim at Reid.
“We appreciate Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s effort to contrast Chairman Ryan’s invitation for solutions with the Majority Leader’s non-solution to exacerbate our uncontrolled fiscal trajectory,” spokesman Conor Sweeney said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.