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Reactions to the State of the Union by Obama

Wednesday - 1/25/2012, 4:13am  ET

By The Associated Press

(AP) - Reaction to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address:

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"No feature of the Obama presidency has been sadder than its constant efforts to divide us, to curry favor with some Americans by castigating others."_ Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels.

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"The greatest priority for Congress is creating jobs, so I was glad to hear President Obama address this as a major priority of his. I strongly agree that we need to focus on strengthening our economy for the long haul so that we don't continue to experience boom-and-bust economic cycles where the schemes of a wealthy few devastate the lives of millions of middle class families." _Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas.

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"Tonight will mark another chapter in the misguided policies of the last three years_ and the failed leadership of one man." _ Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

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"The president is correct, we cannot go back to an economy based on sending American jobs overseas, allowing bad debt to accrue and creating accounting rules that show profits where none actually exist. The American dream is at stake, and we must make certain it is passed on to the next generation of Americans." _Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md.

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"I'm actually very disturbed by the speech tonight. The president is on the verge of committing economic malpractice."_ Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

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"There was a lot of common sense and even more common ground in tonight's address. We shouldn't have to wait for another year or another election to act like it. Tax reform, energy security, infrastructure and jobs matter to all of us and we're so much closer on these issues than the shrillness of our politics pretends we are." _Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

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"The president tonight outlined a laundry list of popular programs without regard to what they cost and his own record in office. ... He has failed to deliver on economic growth promises, has squandered $800 billion in stimulus funds and vetoed jobs and affordable domestic energy bills passed by Congress. What is clear is that he is pursuing a partisan class-warfare agenda aimed at dividing the American people." _Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.


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