January 27th, 2010
10:57 PM ET
4 years ago

Mitch McConnell statement on State of the Union address

After the jump, read the full statement issued by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in response to President Obama's State of the Union address:

“The President is always welcome at the Capitol, especially at a time when there is so much important work to be done on behalf of the American people.

“The President talked about jobs tonight. This is a welcome change in focus after the President and his administration spent nearly an entire year pursuing a partisan health care plan that would have spent trillions of dollars we don't have rather than on a plan for getting Americans back to work. I'm hopeful the administration's new focus on the economy will lead it to say no to more spending and debt, more bailouts, and more government.

“The President's words about the importance of deficit reduction are timely. The times require that we build upon these modest proposals. Americans are concerned about what kind of country we will leave to our children. The administration could address this concern right away by directing unspent Stimulus and TARP funds to pay down the federal deficit, and it could implement a true spending freeze. It could also assure families and small businesses that their taxes will not go up at the end of the year, as currently planned.

“The administration could also reassure Americans who are still rattled by the attempted Christmas Day bombing by vowing to make a priority of preventing the next terrorist attack, not treating captured terrorists like common criminals so we can place them in a civilian court. Americans have a right to find out everything captured terrorists know in order to prevent future terrorist attacks.

“Americans are concerned about government spending, debt, jobs, and keeping the homeland safe. They expect us to focus on these core issues until we get them right. In the year ahead, there is much work to be done, and the task before us is clear. We need to get Americans back to work and remain focused on keeping America secure and putting our nation back on the road to prosperity. Republicans look forward to working with the President on these shared goals.”

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Michael

    Smirk, squirm, smirk, squirm,smirk..........What a "leader" this is-NOT.

    January 28, 2010 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  2. Independent

    Mitch i like what you said now i am going to sit back and wait & see if the pres will do his part. also i expect the rep to own up to their part, because you keep saying the pres needs to reach across party lines. I expect the GOP to give it a chance, because if you refuse then i might think the GOP really don't want to help the libs only because the amer ppl are favoring them now. why risk a chance to not win seats in 2010 and maybe 2012. remember the amer are not stupid, but can't speak for polticians.

    January 28, 2010 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  3. BobL

    I wish that I could believe anything that McConnell says.

    I wish that McConnell knew what he was talking about.

    But he doesn't even want to know.

    January 28, 2010 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  4. julie

    That's good to hear , I hope this gives hope to our world and our children, I have pride in my country , let my country have pride , and bring the american dream back into reality.

    January 28, 2010 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  5. normajean

    Since Mitch McConnell and his party have done absolutely nothing to help bring our country back to working order, I think it's a bit arrogant for him to dissect the presidents speech almost point by point. I notice that he says "we", and "us", almost as if he and the Repubs had been a part of the difficult work trying to clean up the mess left by the previous administration. Sorry Mr.M, but you don't get much credit here.

    January 28, 2010 03:12 am at 3:12 am |
  6. Donna

    They look forward to working with the President? Great! Now somebody go tell them making public policy is like making a baby. It isn't going to happen if you always say no.

    January 28, 2010 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
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