January 27th, 2010
07:27 PM ET
8 years ago

McDonnell's Republican response to cover multiple issues

Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell will deliver the Republican response Wednesday night to President Obama's first State of the Union address.

Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell will deliver the Republican response Wednesday night to President Obama's first State of the Union address.

Washington (CNN) - The Office of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has released these excerpts from McDonnell's Republican response to the president's State of the Union address:

(Read the excerpts after the jump)

“Good government policy should spur economic growth, and strengthen the private sector’s ability to create new jobs. We must enact policies that promote entrepreneurship and innovation, so America can better compete with the world. What government should not do is pile on more taxation, regulation, and litigation that kill jobs and hurt the middle class.”


“The amount of this debt is on pace to double in five years, and triple in ten. The federal debt is already over $100,000 per household. This is simply unsustainable. The President's partial freeze on discretionary spending is a laudable step, but a small one. The circumstances of our time demand that we reconsider and restore the proper, limited role of government at every level.”


“All Americans agree, we need a health care system that is affordable, accessible, and high quality. But most Americans do not want to turn over the best medical care system in the world to the federal government.”


“Advances in technology can unleash more natural gas, nuclear, wind, coal, and alternative energy to lower your utility bills. Here in Virginia, we have the opportunity to be the first state on the East Coast to explore for and produce oil and natural gas offshore.”


“The President and I agree on expanding the number of high-quality charter schools, and rewarding teachers for excellent performance. More school choices for parents and students mean more accountability and greater achievement.

A child's educational opportunity should be determined by her intellect and work ethic, not by her zip code.”


“We applaud President Obama's decision to deploy 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan. We agree that victory there is a national security imperative. But we have serious concerns over recent steps the Administration has taken regarding suspected terrorists.”


“Here at home government must help foster a society in which all our people can use their God-given talents in liberty to pursue the American Dream. Republicans know that government cannot guarantee individual outcomes, but we strongly believe that it must guarantee equality of opportunity for all.

That opportunity exists best in a democracy which promotes free enterprise, economic growth, strong families, and individual achievement.”


“Top-down one-size fits all decision making should not replace the personal choices of free people in a free market, nor undermine the proper role of state and local governments in our system of federalism. As our Founders clearly stated, and we Governors understand, government closest to the people governs best.”

soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. james

    uh--exqueeze me? How do you respond to a speech that hasn't even happened yet?

    January 27, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  2. Spirit of America

    Obviously neither Dems nor Reps have a clue as to how to solve a single social problem, but both know how to aggravate all of them. Time to clean house and replace this clueless political prostitutes with courageous public servants.

    January 27, 2010 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  3. Robin in Tampa, FL

    McDonnell has been governor for barely 2 weeks ... he is in no position to deliver a meaningful response to the President.

    January 27, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  4. Dave C - NJ

    We don't have the best medical system in the world, nor did anyone propose turning it over the the govt.

    GOP Straw Man Tactics: Complaining about things that no one said and no one proposed.

    January 27, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. Mark

    He giving a rebuttal , how about stop cutting your teachers and education funding for Virginia!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 27, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  6. Ed FL

    We could use the GOP solutions Start another war location where we can kill and maim thousands more american kids[ Politicians kids are exempt]. Then we would have less to feed and take care of, hold up VA benefits and health care from the wounded. That would be a good first step then we could give Wall Street GOP friends more money to cover their previous screwups, the population would be so occupied trying to make ends meet they would not have time to observe what Wasington DC is doing. This will probably not get posted as it is contrary to CNN personal choices of poltical favoritism.

    January 27, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  7. Greg, MN

    "You lie"

    Was talking about transparency of government? Open, bi partisan health care? Health care debate on CSPAN? Inviting all stakeholders to the process for input? Not increasing the deficit to do it? Not raising taxes? Not interfering with those of us whp have coverage and like it?

    No matter, much like a second term its DOA.

    January 27, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  8. Shayne in NH

    Uhhh......wasn't Joe (You Lie!) Wilson supposed to do this? Why the change of heart last second repubs?

    January 27, 2010 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  9. They call me "tater salad"

    The President hasn't even spoken yet and the Republicans already have their list of lies and petty complaints all ready to go!......YAWN! nothing new here!!!!!!

    January 27, 2010 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  10. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Interesting to read Governors understand, government closest to the people governs best.” when so many States are facing difficulties!

    January 27, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  11. Jayden,FL

    He will be a next Bobby Jindal.... like an alien lookin' into the camera.

    January 27, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  12. Preston kk

    Pkm until the gop wants to help obama amd the dems keep your foul mouths shut

    January 27, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  13. feup with GOP in Houston

    Republicans... they're jerks and only interested in the big money lobby.

    January 27, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  14. Mickey

    I see the cowards in the Republican party are throwing the new guy under the bus. They can't afford to lose another politician who can't string two words together to form a sentence like Bobby Jindal.

    McDonnell will crash and burn, and his collegues will turn their backs on him. With their obstructionism, the GOP have become nothing more than domestic terrorists.

    January 27, 2010 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  15. Stu - Las Vegas

    The speech hasn't even been delivered yet, and there is already been a Republican response???

    What a total crock of crap

    January 27, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  16. Lee in TN

    Another neo-con extremist, straight out of the Richard Nixon mold.

    January 27, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. dude palin

    his response will be simple......No,no no no !!!!!

    January 27, 2010 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  18. A disgusted former Republican

    Here we go again; whine, whine, whine!

    January 27, 2010 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |