January 27th, 2010
10:51 PM ET
8 years ago

Michael Steele statement on State of the Union address

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.”


soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. annie against biased news

    obama will never listen to the people or the republicans – his one main agenda is the destruction of the USA.

    January 27, 2010 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  2. I am Newt Limebaugh

    Steele...please run against Obama...he would get 400 electoral votes.....and you sir ...seem to be taking up space

    January 27, 2010 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  3. Jay Nair

    This Chairman has no solutions. The unemployment has cascaded from the poor governance of his party for 6 or 8 years. It would take atleast half that time to rectify.

    Republicans have absolutely no good solution. Steele is the one engaging in rhetoric- which lacks quality too.

    January 27, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  4. Betty Harry

    Obama keep saying the stimulas has saved many jobs for police and fire. Cleveland just laid off 69 policemen, the communities all around cleveland have cut firmen and policeman. I don't know where he gets these statistics. Lets make the politicans pay back all the money they have wasted flying around the world time after time.

    January 27, 2010 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  5. Sam

    Obamas speech was the best and most sincere I have ever heard, sorry Steele.

    January 27, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  6. An 8 year old ELEPHANT dung heap, does not transform into compost in just 1 year!

    "If the President is serious, he will give Republicans a seat at the table"

    This statement from the same man that stated "bi-partisanship was over-rated"?

    Perhaps if Steele and the party of NO had not set the rules Congress would be more inclined to let them into committee meetings.

    Of course, that assumes they STAY and do the job they are paid to do, and not walk out of meetings, like quitter Palin Syndrome!

    January 27, 2010 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  7. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Steele needs to find out exactly what the "Party of Purity" plans to do with him.

    January 27, 2010 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  8. JoycesVoice

    "For they being ignorant..." It's up to us as citizens to speak out on what we know President Obama inherited and what he's accomplished. The door is open and we should have noted the demeanor of our congressional leaders. Some Repubs were yarning, laughing, and essentially saying, America we screwed you for 8 years and we're gonna keeping saying no to screw you again if the Democrats and Independents don't get some back bone. If they don't represent us, vote them out. If you represent, "WE THE PEOPLE", do your job or go home. I was looking and I have a voice, I have a vote and the 21st century technology allows me to share. Who elected you, the banks and corporations or the American people. Might want to think about the activist court. Be careful, you really don't know who's paying attention. I won't quit.

    January 27, 2010 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  9. Larry

    Michael Steele sticks his foot in his mouth yet again. He doesn't know how to win people over by being gracious while attacking. A predictable load of drivel, completely empty of any meaning ("common sense conservative solutions," oxymoron anyone?). Why does this guy still have a job?

    January 27, 2010 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  10. isaac

    Here this clown again blaming Obama. How this president can do more good to tis great nation with this kind nagativty from the republican lesder.

    January 27, 2010 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  11. Betty Harry

    Obama keeps talking about saving all of these police jobs and fireman jobs, cleveland just laid off 69 policemen, and communities all around cleveland have laid off police and fire. He keeps telling these stories and we know better. All the politicans should pay back all the money that has been spent flying around the world many times, and they just keep doing it.

    January 27, 2010 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  12. JoycesVoice

    Would somebody please tell Steele to shut up? Members of his own party asked him to do that. Either he's ignorant, he just doesn't know or he's an ignut, he doesn't know, doesn't know that he doesn't know and you can't tell him he doesn't know. Time for the repubs to put up or shut up. You've offered nothing but no. Oh, lets see what you say tomorrow after Rush or some other idiot makes you back up off your statement.

    January 27, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  13. Stephanie

    First of all, if you listen, there were jobs created and there were jobs saved, such as police officers, fire officers, etc. He can not get everyone a job. We as a part of American have to do are part, as well. It looks like perhaps some of us has forgot what has taken place in the past 8 years. It appears to be very easy to blame any and everything on 1 person. Are you serious. Job loss begin about 2 years ago, this President has been in office for only 1 year. There are so many leaders in Washington and they should act like leaders, like working together as a team and stop fighting on everything little thing. We Americans are listening and watching, most of yall embarrasing the United States

    January 27, 2010 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  14. John in NJ

    There's not one person in NJ who even thought of the federal government when voting in our election. Shut up.

    Oh, and good ol' Mercer County (you know, Trenton, where people are actually hurting) voted strongly for someone we didn't really care about (Corzine) just to oppose Christie.

    January 27, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  15. JP

    This is a time for unity for our country, and Michael Steele is smearing his shoes in this opportunity. Obama was right about at least one thing: Republican's are unable to assist with leadership. All they do is point fingers and complain, while using meaningless rhetoric and cliches to convey an illogical point. There is no honor in this. Again, this is a time and opportunity for America to come together and get past the divisiveness! Please, for the sake of peace, be peaceful!

    January 27, 2010 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Blah, blah, blah. Michael Steele needs to shut up. Stop whining. This is not spin. You republicans are obstructing the lives of middle class Americans.

    January 27, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  17. Lenny

    So Mr Steele, when the republicans were in power, what did they offer Americans? You had 8 years and we only got 3 million jobs. You gave $1.5 trillion in tax cuts and how did that help? Please explain because handing power to you did not yield anything the last time.

    January 27, 2010 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  18. imjustnoisy

    Steele needs to go in hiding for a very long time.

    January 27, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  19. shelleyt

    Michael Steele and the GOP have ZERO credibility. They have not offered solutions of any kind, in a concerted effort to obstruct all legislation of any kind – to the detriment of their constituents. Get to work doing what you were elected for. Work together and come up with joint solutions, period.

    January 27, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  20. Thoughtful

    Sour grapes? Those Republican ideas only benefit the rich and political oriented..where does the "party of No" want to lead us to? More of the George Bush kind of prosperity?

    January 27, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  21. Jk

    Eerything is politics. GOP will never sit down with Dems while they sense they are on the run. One solution:term limits.

    January 27, 2010 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  22. cardog

    Mr. Steele, what have you and your party done to help make jobs materialize? Did you or any member of the party of "NO" suggest one plan to get Americans back to work? If indeed there are failed policies, it is due to you and your party blocking everything that could have helped Americans this past year.
    Tell CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS what you and your party of "NO" have in mind. Because the Democrats have the White House does not excuse the nay-sayers like you of offering an alternative, does it?
    I'm pretty fed up with negative nitwits like you and your party, so do us all a favor, DO SOMETHING THAT WILL MAKE US ALL BETTER OR SHUT THE H- UP>

    January 27, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  23. Taylor

    Mr. Steele why are you so jealous. Go read a book and stop hatin

    January 27, 2010 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  24. Albert K. L.A., CA

    Aloha Mike. Have a nice vacation with your elitist friends while you enjoy the islands. Don't worry about us, we will be here when you get back..

    January 27, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  25. T

    He's bent over backwards to give Republicans seats, but the only seat they want is the one at the head.

    January 27, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
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