After the jump, read the full statement issued by Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele in response to President Obama's State of the Union address:
“Tonight, after a year of failed policies and broken promises, President Obama once again demonstrated the rhetorical flair in an attempt to sound populist, if not downright ‘conservative,’ in addressing the very requirements for job creation his administration has ignored for the past year. But, by all accounts, his explanations failed to answer the question on the mind of Americans: ‘When will I get a job?’ Last year, he promised a ‘New Era of Responsibility’ and instead delivered the exact opposite. Now that he’s offering a ‘New Foundation for Prosperity,’ business owners and the unemployed alike have reasons to be worried. There is just no amount of spin and blame shifting that can hide the fact that tonight the President added more zeros to an already burdensome deficit with no explanation as to how he would pay for this ‘new foundation.’ As a good construction worker will tell you – foundations cost money.
“President Obama said he wanted better solutions. Republicans have offered common sense conservative solutions. The people in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts heard our better ideas and voted for them. If the President is serious, he will give Republicans a seat at the table. If not, then we know that this is just more spin, arrogance and a refusal to listen to the American people.”