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Iowa Senator Joni Ernst said Republicans “heard the message you sent in November loud and clear,” in her State of the Union rebuttal, but her speech competed for American ears with an array of unofficial GOP responses that began well before President Obama spoke.

“Americans have been hurting, but when we demanded solutions, too often Washington responded with the same stale mindset that led to failed policies like Obamacare,” Ernst said. ”It’s a mindset that gave us political talking points, not serious solutions.”

She challenged Obama to sign legislation to fast-track the Keystone XL pipeline, a move the White House has said the president would veto, and urged Democrats to join the GOP in negotiating tax reform and passing trade deals.

“Congress is back to work on your behalf, ready to make Washington focus on your concerns again,” she said.

Florida Congressman Carlos Curbelo was also chosen by the party to deliver a Spanish-language address that touched on similar themes. As Democratic opposition researcher American Bridge noted, however, his address included a call for “permanent solutions for our immigration system” while Ernst did not address the topic.

While Ernst’s and Curbelo’s addresses were the only official Republican responses, their colleagues didn’t seem concerned about diluting the message with a flood of pre-buttals and rebuttals.

Senator Rand Paul, who is preparing for a possible run for president, delivered his own address on YouTube. Where Obama’s speech played up recent economic gains, Paul recounted a litany of woes, warning of “growing discontent” and “another 2008-style panic” if the U.S. continues to rack up debt.

“I wish I had better news for you, but all is not well in America,” Paul said. “America is adrift. Something is clearly wrong. America needs many things, but what America desperately needs is new leadership.”

Senator Ted Cruz, another possible 2016 candidate, lined up a video message as well, though not everything went as planned. His office accidentally released a clip of him beginning his speech, pausing, then starting over. They then pulled the video and replaced it with a clean version, in which Cruz said it was “striking the president did not mention his illegal and unconstitutional executive amnesty.”

Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado, another celebrated freshman, and Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee recorded preview videos ahead of Obama’s address as well.

On the House side, Speaker John Boehner also released a video ahead of the speech in which he declared that “making government bigger isn’t going to help the middle class.”

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