Following President Obama’s annual State of the Union address that called for domestic nation-building, job creation and a fair economy, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., delivered his own response.
During the speech, Mr. Obama focused primarily on the economy and reiterated that every citizen must pay their share and play by certain rules to regulate the financial system. The president’s supporters have highlighted his point about boosting the economy and ensuring protections for the middle class.
However, Paul says the president used the national address to blame congressional Republicans for inaction instead of taking responsibility for mistakes made during his tenure.
“One thing is for certain: President Obama is in full campaign mode,” he says. “In last year’s State of the Union Address, President Obama came before Congress with lofty promises to the American people of job creation, a prosperous economy and American innovation. He told Americans that we were going to ‘win the future.’ But now, a year later, his focus has clearly changed from winning the future, to winning re-election.”
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Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels was selected to give the official GOP reply, but as in year’s past several lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have chimed in with their own version.