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'I was disappointed;' McConnell, other lawmakers react to State of the Union

'I was disappointed;' McConnell, other lawmakers react to State of the Union

by Joe Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 12:41 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 11:49 AM

(WHAS11 Political Blog) -- Mitch McConnell and Dan Coats were "disappointed," Brett Guthrie said President Barack Obama failed to address the "country’s core ailments"  and Rand Paul blasted both Republicans and Democrats in Congress after Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

McConnell, the Senate Republican Leader, complimented Obama on how he delivered the speech.  The contents of the speech were a different story.

"I think what most Americans wanted to hear tonight was the President’s plan to get government spending under control, rein in the debt, and put the private economy back on a path to real growth and serious job creation," McConnell (R-Kentucky) said.

Kentucky's junior senator also grabbed a share of the evening's spotlight.  Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) delivered the Tea Party Express response to the President.  Paul's speech was available on the Internet, but was not carried by national news networks.

Yahoo News' Chris Moody recaps Paul's speech:

"It is often said that there is not enough bipartisanship up here. That is not true. In fact, there is plenty of bipartisanship," Paul said in a speech for Tea Party Express that streamed live on the group's website shortly after Obama's speech. "Both parties have been guilty of spending too much, of protecting their sacred cows, of backroom deals in which everyone up here wins, but every taxpayer loses."

Despite being an elected member of the Senate, the junior senator from Kentucky at times spoke as though he were an outsider—even using the word "they" when referring to other members of the institution to which he belongs.

“This is certainly not the ‘balanced’ approach the president has been promising the American people," said U.S. Sen. Dan Coats (R-Indiana).  "If the president was as committed to reducing the debt and growing the economy as he is to spending and taxing, our country would be in a much stronger position today."

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky 2nd District) was similarly unimpressed.

“Tonight, on the anniversary of President Lincoln’s birth, I was hopeful that President Obama would outline his plan to try to work with the House and Senate to address the looming problems our nation faces," Guthrie said in . Instead, I heard a laundry list of priorities that not only cost billions of dollars in new spending, but do not address our country’s core ailments.

McConnell Responds to President’s State of the Union Address

‘Kentuckians aren’t interested in false promises; they want to hear what we’re planning to do to streamline government and bring it up to date. They want to hear what it’s going to take to lower the cost of living, and the cost of education and health care. They want to hear what it’s going to take to create good jobs. The President didn’t do any of those things tonight.’


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement tonight regarding President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“I was disappointed. The President showed yet again that he can really deliver a speech, but I don’t think anybody needed proof of that. I think what most Americans wanted to hear tonight was the President’s plan to get government spending under control, rein in the debt, and put the private economy back on a path to real growth and serious job creation.

“Kentuckians aren’t interested in false promises; they want to hear what we’re planning to do to streamline government and bring it up to date. They want to hear what it’s going to take to lower the cost of living, and the cost of education and health care. They want to hear what it’s going to take to create good jobs. The President didn’t do any of those things tonight.

“Another thing he didn’t do was to explain how Obamacare is about to start impacting peoples’ lives in a very significant way. Many of us warned about all the terrible consequences of this law. Well, now we’re seeing them. And I think the President who pushed so hard to pass it should face up to its impact, and do something to prepare folks for what’s coming.

“Another thing I’d say is that we don’t need to be fighting about everything in Washington. I happen to be one of those who thinks divided government is the ideal time to solve our nation’s problems. For whatever reason, the President doesn’t agree with that. He seems to want everybody to think that Republicans are all up here with their daggers drawn all the time. It’s absolute nonsense. We’ve got serious problems to deal with, especially spending and debt. Every single one of my Republican colleagues wants to do something to address those problems.

“So I think the President missed an opportunity tonight to lay out a serious economic plan Kentuckians could really relate to, and to reach out across the aisle to get it done.”



Guthrie: We Must Ensure Future Generations Have the Opportunity for Greatness

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Brett Guthrie today issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address:

“Tonight, on the anniversary of President Lincoln’s birth, I was hopeful that President Obama would outline his plan to try to work with the House and Senate to address the looming problems our nation faces. Instead, I heard a laundry list of priorities that not only cost billions of dollars in new spending, but do not address our country’s core ailments.

“Our economic climate is cause for serious concern. Hard-working Americans continue to face unemployment and our economy is growing at a slow rate. Crushing federal debt hangs over future generations with no relief in sight.  Our entitlement programs are growing at rapid rates that threaten their sustainability.  This is not the American Dream we have promised to our children.  We must control spending, balance our budget and put our nation back on a path toward a brighter future.

“In addition to shoring up our fiscal situation, I agree with the President that we must place a focus on jobs. Millions of Americans still struggle to find employment, and through job training and investment in a strong workforce we can help put people back to work in better, higher-paying jobs.

“The challenges we face are great, but so is the American spirit. Together, we can tackle these issues and ensure future generations have the opportunity for greatness.”



Coats Statement on State of the Union Address


WASHINGTON, DC – Senator Dan Coats (R-Ind.) today issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union speech:

“While I am pleased President Obama finally has turned his focus back to the ongoing jobs crisis, I am disappointed that he continues to call for higher taxes to pay for more spending. We have heard many of these words before, the real test will be to see if the president finally will lead and act on pro-growth policies.

“This is certainly not the ‘balanced’ approach the president has been promising the American people. If the president was as committed to reducing the debt and growing the economy as he is to spending and taxing, our country would be in a much stronger position today. President Obama and Congress must do more to reduce the nearly $16.5 trillion debt, $6 trillion of which was added under this administration alone.

“President Obama also mentioned he is willing to restructure programs like Medicare. He has made this commitment before, but we have yet to see action. I hope this time will be different, and the president will offer a specific plan. Hard-working Hoosiers and millions of Americans have spent a lifetime paying into our health and retirement security programs. If we don't take steps to restructure and save these programs, we will lose the ability to provide benefits for current and future recipients.

“The president must lead on these critical issues and work with Congress to enact real spending reforms. The best investment we can make in America’s future is to restore our fiscal health by removing the burden of excessive debt and taxation hindering opportunity and economic growth.”

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