How to watch Gov. Kim Reynolds’ State of the Union response

By: - February 28, 2022 3:48 pm

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds delivers the Condition of the State address in the House Chambers at the Iowa Capitol Building on Jan. 12, 2021. (Pool photo by Bryon Houlgrave/Des Moines Register)

Gov. Kim Reynolds will give the Republican rebuttal to President Joe Biden on Tuesday, bringing Iowa politics into the national spotlight.

How to watch Reynolds’ State of the Union response

Biden’s State of the Union address will begin at 8 p.m. CST. 

All major television networks are expected to broadcast the speech – that includes CBS, NBC and ABC. Cable news networks, including Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and C-SPAN, will also broadcast Biden’s address.

The White House and C-SPAN will live-stream the address online.

Read more: Here’s what you will hear Biden talk about in his debut State of the Union

Many of the same networks will also televise Reynolds’ response, which will begin when Biden’s speech ends. Online schedules for ABC, CNN and MSNBC say explicitly that they will carry the Republican rebuttal to the speech.

What will Reynolds talk about?

No details have been released as of Monday afternoon, but Republicans say Reynolds has several recent wins she could highlight. 

Top of the list: Tax cuts. The Legislature passed a major tax cut package Thursday, and Reynolds is expected to sign it into law on Tuesday afternoon, just hours before her speech.

Republicans in D.C. also praised Reynolds for her leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, pointing to her push to return students to the classroom. Rep. Ashley Hinson tweeted a video Monday calling Reynolds a “common sense conservative who delivers results.”

“What a clear contrast to what we’ve seen from President Biden the first year of his administration,” she said. 

Iowa Democrats said Americans should “be wary” of Reynolds, criticizing her handling of COVID, tax cuts and the workforce shortage.

“The only thing Kim Reynolds should be saying about President Biden and Democrats’ agenda is ‘thank you’ since they delivered when she and her Republican colleagues in Congress have repeatedly failed,” Iowa Democratic Party Chair Ross Wilburn said in a statement.

The Iowa Capital Dispatch and States Newsroom will cover the State of the Union and Reynolds’ response tonight. Follow along at, or on Twitter at @IowaCapDispatch.

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Katie Akin
Katie Akin

Katie Akin is a former Iowa Capital Dispatch reporter. Katie began her career as an intern at PolitiFact, debunking viral fake news and fact-checking state and national politicians. She moved to Iowa in 2019 for a politics internship at the Des Moines Register, where she assisted with Iowa Caucus coverage, multimedia projects and the Register’s Iowa Poll. She became the Register’s retail reporter in early 2020, chronicling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Central Iowa’s restaurants and retailers.