January 27th, 2010
10:51 PM ET
5 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.”

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soundoff (51 Responses)
  1. Michele

    He has given you a seat at every table, and you either didn't show up, or walked off in a huff. Both health care bills were ruined by Republican amendments that you had no intention of voting for anyway, sir. You get one last chance to work FOR the people instead of AGAINST the other party. Then Dems will take over and it will be your own arrogant fault.

    January 27, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  2. A disgusted former Republican

    Michael Steele is delusional when he claims that Republicans have offered common sense conservative solutions. Republicans are certainly not conservative-just look at the previous administration's record deficit spending-and Republicans certainly display a complete lack of sense, common or otherwise.

    Steele is just offering the same failed policies that produced the greatest economic disaster since the Great Depression. Republicans continue to prove that they are the party of NO!

    January 27, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  3. Michael from Ventura

    This is the very stuff the President was talking about tonight. Too bad that the gop is in one gear....NO......it has solved so many problems this past year. This is why my parents switched parties in 2008, and the reason I did long before that. I wouldn't think ole Mitch McConnell and McCain would have any reason to smirk as they were doing for the cameras tonight...Steele: take your party and go away. If you aren't part of the solution, you're part of the PROBLEM!

    January 27, 2010 11:47 pm at 11:47 pm |
  4. m smith

    Steel is an idiot puppet for the repos. Yeah name some solutions

    January 27, 2010 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  5. Brian Rich

    Wow, great spin. This spin was so well written I'd be shocked if Steele wrote the speech himself.

    So instead of saying you like what President Obama said tonight, you instead choose to say that he abandoned his party, became a populist (which actually has roots in the Democratic blue-collar labor movement, you dolt) and violated his own personal political history by embracing common sense budget-balancing initiatives.

    You people really have no clue what is actually happening in America right now, do you?

    January 28, 2010 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  6. CRYSTAL4OBAMA

    no one cares about what you have to say you are nothing more than the token black republican. Your party is quick to critize but still offer zero solutions to the mess your party created. What you disagree because he was speaking the truth? At least Obama is trying his best to repair the damage republicans have caused and with conviction. And at least he admitted the mistakes which is more than i can say for republicans. Bu i guess thats asking for too much

    January 28, 2010 12:04 am at 12:04 am |
  7. Ryan

    Doesn't Steele have a Hawaiin vacation to plan with his GOP..??
    Talk about wasteful spending: they couldn't just meet at the Hyatt in D.C.?
    Obama's deficit looks big only because he put his part if the war tab on it. Bush didn't ever factor in the billions he wasted on Iraq specifically so we would figure out this contrast!

    January 28, 2010 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  8. Lois

    Michael Steele put up or shut up..Get out of the way and let the Pres do what he do and thats lead our country unlike the Republicans who is the party of NO!NO!NO!

    January 28, 2010 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  9. cc

    this guy needs to get lost

    January 28, 2010 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  10. Joe MN

    Do you think this "token" realizes that he's only got his job because Obama is in office? As soon as Obama's term is up, Steele will be out on his butt too.

    He never learned that lesson about keeping his mouth shut so that people only THINK he's an idiot instead of everyone knowing it.

    January 28, 2010 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  11. T'SAH from Virginia

    STEELE is so full of himself. EVERY other politician gave their points and also agreed on many things Obama said.

    STEELE is so wrapped up in trying to PLEASE his party, that he does not evem "fit well" in, and he looks dumbfounded and stupid when he makes statements. He tries to make himself SO tough to the point where it seems fake and not even effective!!!

    January 28, 2010 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  12. alabama23

    Michael Steele is nothing more than an idiot. I really think he's envy of Obama.

    January 28, 2010 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  13. Sniffit

    MUSHMOUTH HATH SPOKEN! now, if we only knew what he said....

    January 28, 2010 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  14. Kathy in MD

    who cares what Grover's customer has to say he is a Big "T" of the republican party – he has become a joke!

    January 28, 2010 12:46 am at 12:46 am |
  15. jerry

    Steele, this statement does not make any sense. Looks like you ran out of words.

    January 28, 2010 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  16. KathyC in MInnesota

    Michael Steele can kiss my Democratic Party derrier!!

    If there is an air of arrogance eminnating from the Republican Party, it's coming from Michael Steele himself.

    At least Sen. Mitch McConnell was respectful of President Obama with his response to the SOTU speech.

    January 28, 2010 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  17. Robert Whitman

    Mr Steele has again described the politics and the failures of his own party, and (cynically some would say) attributed those to his opponent in the usual formulaic way.

    January 28, 2010 01:01 am at 1:01 am |
  18. John

    So sick of this partisan politics of destruction. Republicans are the party of "no", no matter what the Democrats do. They should just shut up and get out of the way.

    January 28, 2010 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  19. Nea

    And Michael Steele let your party know they must meet this President half way. Stop thinking its just about my party and how we can get back in the White House.

    January 28, 2010 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  20. Myron

    Steele can't even talk the issues and is just a token. Just another right winger that says no to everything and never leads.

    January 28, 2010 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  21. Independent

    you kno i hear you Mr. steele but it is funny you seem to have all the answers while out of office. yet when you was in you didn't apply these same points to the U.S. i am getting sick of libs and conservatives you claim to be for the people, but when the ppl put their trust in both partys. neither one has lived up to their promises. here is a thought why don't both partys come together and the help the amer ppl instead of yourselves for a change. i am not stupid quit acting like republicans really want to help the pres at this moment. if you did then that means 4 more yrs of obama and losses for the rep in 2010. although libs don't deserve it because the way they have treated you. Both partys are suppose to be doing the jobs the amer ppl have elected them to do.

    January 28, 2010 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  22. Anonymous

    if you have no solutions / suggestions then dont fool the public by installing fear that is what you'll do best. you'll gain power by stirring fear.

    January 28, 2010 01:48 am at 1:48 am |
  23. Jeff Roth

    What a load of garbage. I can't believe that there are 150 million people that think like this idiot living around me in this country. If that is true, then we are seriously in trouble. Maybe we would be better off just getting a good divorce lawyer and split the country up between the two camps.

    January 28, 2010 01:56 am at 1:56 am |
  24. Mike in MN

    The people have rejected Obama's solutions. Obama and the Democrats have ignored and rejected Republican solutions. Republicans have submitted bills that the Democrats have voted down and the media gives the Republican bills no mention. How about going forward the media giving equal time to Republicans solutions and then do some polling on which the people prefer.

    January 28, 2010 02:46 am at 2:46 am |
  25. Emma

    Michael Steele is so blind to the reasons people do not have jobs. If he or a Republican had been speaking, would they have been able to say to the unemployed, "You will have a job by April 15, 2010?". This definitely shows some faulty reasoning and empty criticism. The climate was set for the increments in unemployment by the Administration from 2000 to 2008.

    January 28, 2010 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
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