Jan 8, 2019 - Economy

Networks to air Democratic response to Trump's prime-time speech

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NBC, CBS and CNN announced they will air a Democratic response to President Trump’s prime-time speech on the border and ongoing government shutdown from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday, reports NBC News.

The big picture: Networks debated Monday whether they should air Trump's speech — which could be deeply political — given that many skipped a 2014 speech by President Obama on immigration over partisan concerns. However, the decision to air a response from the president's opposing party is not without precedent, as the Washington Post's Dave Weigel notes that networks aired a response from Speaker John Boehner to an Obama debt limit speech in 2011.

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