Previews of Republican State of the Union responses
January 25th, 2011
05:41 PM ET
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Previews of Republican State of the Union responses

(CNN) - Ahead of the Republican responses to the State of the Union Tuesday night, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, who's delivering the official GOP response and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minnesota, who's responding to the president from the Tea Party Express headquarters, released excerpts from their prepared remarks.

From Rep. Ryan:

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords: "President Obama just addressed a Congressional chamber filled with many new faces. One face we did not see tonight was that of our friend and colleague, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona. We all miss Gabby and her cheerful spirit; and we are praying for her return to the House Chamber."

Spending: "In one of our first acts in the new majority, House Republicans voted to cut Congress's own budget. And just today, the House voted to restore the spending discipline that Washington sorely needs. The reason is simple. A few years ago, reducing spending was important. Today, it's imperative. Here's why. We face a crushing burden of debt. The debt will soon eclipse our entire economy, and grow to catastrophic levels in the years ahead. On this current path, when my three children – who are now 6, 7, and 8 years old – are raising their own children, the federal government will double in size, and so will the taxes they pay. No economy can sustain such high levels of debt and taxation. The next generation will inherit a stagnant economy and a diminished country. Frankly, it's one of my greatest concerns as a parent – and I know many of you feel the same way."

Budget: "Americans are skeptical of both political parties, and that skepticism is justified – especially when it comes to spending. So hold all of us accountable. In this very room, the House will produce, debate, and advance a budget. Last year – in an unprecedented failure- Congress chose not to pass, or even propose a budget. The spending spree continued unchecked. We owe you a better choice and a different vision. Our forthcoming budget is our obligation to you – to show you how we intend to do things differently, how we will cut spending to get the debt down, help create jobs and prosperity, and reform government programs."

Fiscal challenge ahead: "Our nation is approaching a tipping point. We are at a moment, where if government's growth is left unchecked and unchallenged, America's best century will be considered our past century. This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency. Depending on bureaucracy to foster innovation, competitiveness, and wise consumer choices has never worked – and it won't work now. We need to chart a new course."

"Stimulus": "The facts are clear: Since taking office, President Obama has signed into law spending increases of nearly 25% for domestic government agencies – an 84% increase when you include the failed stimulus. All of this new government spending was sold as 'investment.' Yet after two years, the unemployment rate remains above 9% and government has added over $3 trillion to our debt."

Health Care: "What we already know about the President's health care law is this: Costs are going up, premiums are rising, and millions of people will lose the coverage they currently have. Job creation is being stifled by all of its taxes, penalties, mandates and fees. Businesses and unions from around the country are asking the Obama Administration for waivers from the mandates. Washington should not be in the business of picking winners and losers. The President mentioned the need for regulatory reform to ease the burden on American businesses. We agree – and we think his health care law would be a great place to start. Last week, House Republicans voted for a full repeal of this law, as we pledged to do, and we will work to replace it with fiscally responsible, patient-centered reforms that actually reduce costs and expand coverage."

Debt Limit: "Whether sold as 'stimulus' or repackaged as 'investment,' their actions show they want a federal government that controls too much; taxes too much; and spends too much in order to do too much. And during the last two years, that is exactly what we have gotten – along with record deficits and debt – to the point where the President is now urging Congress to increase the debt limit. We believe the days of business as usual must come to an end. We hold to a couple of simple convictions: Endless borrowing is not a strategy; spending cuts have to come first."

Role of Government: "We believe government's role is both vital and limited – to defend the nation from attack and provide for the common defense … to secure our borders… to protect innocent life… to uphold our laws and Constitutional rights … to ensure domestic tranquility and equal opportunity … and to help provide a safety net for those who cannot provide for themselves. We believe that the government has an important role to create the conditions that promote entrepreneurship, upward mobility, and individual responsibility. We believe, as our founders did, that 'the pursuit of happiness' depends upon individual liberty; and individual liberty requires limited government. Limited government also means effective government. When government takes on too many tasks, it usually doesn't do any of them very well. It's no coincidence that trust in government is at an all-time low now that the size of government is at an all-time high."

Limited Government: "We need to reclaim our American system of limited government, low taxes, reasonable regulations, and sound money, which has blessed us with unprecedented prosperity. And it has done more to help the poor than any other economic system ever designed. That's the real secret to job creation – not borrowing and spending more money in Washington. Limited government and free enterprise have helped make America the greatest nation on earth."

From Rep. Bachmann:

"After the $700 billion bailout, the trillion-dollar stimulus, and the massive budget bill with over 9,000 earmarks that the President signed, many of you implored Washington to please stop spending money we don't have.

But, instead of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt at President Obama's direction; unlike anything we have seen in the history of our country.

For two years President Obama made promises… He claimed that he would find solutions to fix our economy and help create jobs.

Well, here are a few suggestions:

The President could stop the EPA from imposing a job-destroying cap-and-trade system.

The President could agree with House Republicans and commit himself to signing a Balanced Budget Amendment.

The President could also agree to an all-of-the-above energy policy whereby we increase American energy production, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, reduce the price of gas at the pump, and create good-paying jobs in the U.S.

The President could turn back some of the 132 regulations put in place in the last two years that each have an impact of $100-million or more on our economy.

Thanks to all of you, there's reason to hope that real spending cuts are coming. Last November many of you went to the polls and voted out big-spending politicians and you put in their place men and women who have come to Washington with a commitment to follow the Constitution and cut the size of government. And I believe that we are in the early days of a history-making turn here in the House of Representatives.

Last week we voted to repeal ObamaCare, and each day going forward, we must work hard to dismantle the massive government expansion that has happened over the past two years."

– CNN's Dana Bash and Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report


Filed under: Michele Bachmann • Paul Ryan • SOTU 2011
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. HtownCowboy

    You can tell by their eyes that Ryan and Bachmann have the look of crazed and unreasonable people. Both of their plans – it's hard to separate the GOP from the TP – would send this country into a downward spiral that would doom us all. Here's to another 2 and, hopefully, six more years of reasonableness under President Obama.

    January 25, 2011 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. Marc

    If these two are members of the same party, only one should speak. We don't have any obligation to give wacko liars a platform just because they don't agree wth the leadership of the party that helped get them elected. If Rep. Bachmann wants to withdraw from the GOP, she can do that. Otherwise, she can add something to her blog, or write a letter to the editor.

    January 25, 2011 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Their rebuttal is no more than the usual, complaining and campaigning for self. If you don't believe me, think back to Bobby Jindal who was the Repugs rising star for after the President's last SOTU address and now they have 2. AMERICA DOESN'T NEED RISING STARS, AMERICANS NEED JOBS. So in this case 2 in the bush aren't as good as 1 in the hand and that being President Obama.

    January 25, 2011 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  4. Bill

    Doesn't this bimbo Bachmann realize that it was a lack of regulation that almost took our economy over the cliff? Get a grip lady. More of the same garbage. Obama will win in 2012, thank goodness.

    January 25, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Steve

    Obama and all the corrupt cronies in his party are outta here in '12. In the mean time we will have to put up with two more years of BS, lies and propaganda. Never Again!

    January 25, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  6. Rickster

    "According to an article by John Heileman in New York Magazine, President Obama hasn’t conferred with some half dozen cabinet members — that’s two years for those keeping score at home. "

    And recently, USA Today had this: "Obama played 50-plus rounds of golf in 2010"

    What an incompetent moron we have for our president.

    January 25, 2011 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  7. Marko

    Neither one is much to talk about. Ryan, the repubs "fresh idea" guy is anything but. All of is economic ideas are the same old thing from the same old stale ideas of the past repubs so called solutions. I like what is happening in the UK with a group who goes around protesting in front of businesses headed by extreme wealthy tax dodgers with their accounts in their wives names and in Monaco. We need that here. Time to peacefully be heard and demand fairness.

    January 25, 2011 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  8. kyle

    The GOP plan is that they have no plan, tax cuts for the rich and unemployment rises.

    January 25, 2011 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  9. Jrdz

    Wow what a big batch of nut case do we have here. You could not take either one of them at their word. Please both of you just crawl back into your holes.

    January 25, 2011 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  10. Jrdz

    I guess adding $750 Billion for a tax cut to the upper 2% from a party who claims they want to cut spending dose not hold any water?

    January 25, 2011 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. Voice of Reason

    Releasing their response to the SOTU speech... Before it has been given. Wow.

    I realize that they are preparing some canned remarks, and that they are giving an 'anti-state-of-the-union' speech, but HOLY CRAP can ya just hear the guy out before you decide that he's wrong??

    OK – i guess that would be asking the impossible from Bachmann, who keeps her fingers in her ears and yells, "LALALA_I_CANT_HEAR_YOU_LALALA" the whole time (metaphorically speaking, of course).

    January 25, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  12. GOP = Greed Over People

    These are prepared statements so the lies and ignorance cannot be "walked back".

    The 700 billion dollar TARP plan was submitted by the shrub's administration, NOT President Obama.

    The first funds spent in the "corporate welfare" to GM and AIG was started by the shrub, NOT President Obama.

    Domestic oil is sold on the INTERNATIONAL market, so a barrel produced in the Gulf of Mexico or Alaska, ends up anywhere in the world and does NADA for preventing our dependence on foreign oil.

    Earmarks do NOT raise the deficit, only specifies where an exact sum goes to an exact project in which state as submitted by the member of Congress. The "earmark" is just that, an earmark that for example, states that 100 million of the allocated money 50 billion(or whatever it is) budgeted for transportation, goes to build a new bridge in Dallas for I-30.

    And it is travesty of journalism that I had to correct these "facts" submitted by the bombastic Bachmann and simply reprinted by CNN without a challenge.

    January 25, 2011 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  13. Earl Fey

    Can I give a responce too or do have to question the Americanisn of congressmen, lie about staffing and cost of presidental trips.
    etc.?

    January 25, 2011 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "In this very room, the House will produce, debate, and advance a budget. "

    LIE. The GOP is going to use Deem and Pass to give Ryan unilateral authority to determine what spending cuts to make and, of course, they will all then go into the abck room to do it together. The ONLY thing you will see them debate is whether to pass legislation setting spending levels at 2008 levels, which of course the GOP has the majority in the House to pass. Then they will eviscerate everything they don't like. Financial reform and regulatory oversight? Gone. The ACA? Defunded along with the DHHS. Environmental protection and regulatory oversight of things like offshore drilling? Scrapped. Public education and infrastructure maintenance and improvement? Are you kidding? Teachers and construction? That's all union jobs...they must be broken first. SS and MEdicare? Don't touch them if you're a Dem, but if youre a GOPer go right ahead. The list goes on and on and, inevitably, Obama will have to veto it because it's 100% irresponsible crap wrapped in a big fat ideological bow. Then we get the funtime furlough festival all over again...and the GOP will try to blame the skyrocketing unemployment rate that results from hundreds of thousands of federal employees being furloughed on Obama and the Dems. The only question is whether the Dems will yet again bring nerf bats to the messaging war or will finally grow a pair and bring out the captain caveman clubs.

    January 25, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "Last year – in an unprecedented failure- Congress chose not to pass, or even propose a budget."

    The GOP wouldn't let them. It's that freekin simple. McConnell said it flat out today when he LITERALLY said that the only way the GOP won't vote no is if Obama just does what they want. Even that's a lie though: every time a Dem does exactly what the GOP wants, they move the goal posts. Proof? The ACA is almost the same thing they proposed in response to Clinton's health care reform proposal in the 90's and yet it's their biggest demogoguery tool. America, you're freekin stupid.

    January 25, 2011 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  16. Ted

    As a Democrat and Obama supporter, only Mr Ryan has any credibility here. Ms Bachmann has none and as you can see from her statement, no solutions either, just accusations. Well, Ms Bachmann, where were you and the rest of the teabags when George W Bush was running huge deficits on off the books war appropriations and expanding govt and allowed the economy and banks to run wild without regulation? Huh? Sure. All this was dropped in to Obama's lap and you want miracles dealing with the excesses of GOP administrations of past. Where are your solutions? What are they? That is what I thought – you have none. Just let the mainline GOP handle everything and go back to your tea party and have a cupcake.

    January 25, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. Chuck

    President Obama saved the US from a great depression. Thank God Bachmann is recofnized as a fringe lunatic nationally.

    January 25, 2011 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  18. David

    I heard CNN will be broadcasting Bachmann's speech. Bad move, and it lowers CNN's credibility. There should be one Republican response to the President. The Tea Party is not a political party.

    Will CNN also give a block of time to Independent Bernie Sanders? Why not?

    January 25, 2011 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  19. jus1me

    How in the heck can you previews of speech responses, ...before the speech? WOW! Now that's pretty dumb!

    January 25, 2011 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  20. johnrj08

    People are skeptical of both political parties for two reasons: First, for the last two years, the Republican Party and Tea Party have been demonizing the government, trying to convince people that their own elected officials are the enemy; second, because of the unprecedented obstructionism of the GOP in Congress, our government has failed to deliver the best possible solutions to our most serious problems. There will be no compromise as long as the GOP's primary objective is to take down the Obama administration.

    January 25, 2011 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  21. Travis R. Street

    I am tired of hearing republicans blame Obama for the state of the union. It was your bosses (Bush and Bush The Younger) that brought us to where we are, along with the amoral bastards on Wall St. Stop pointing fingers, pull your heads out of your collective ass, and do your job. If I did my job the way you have been, I would be fired and blacklisted. Think about it.

    January 25, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  22. Joe

    Why does nutjob Bachman even DESERVE to give a response to ANYONE, in particular the President of the U.S.? She's not an official candidate for anything nor is she a member of any political party other than the Repugnantans.

    Does ANYONE get to call CNN and say "I'd like to reply to the President's Speech" on live TV? Any Congressman? Any Senator? Any Governor?

    As an aside, this crazy woman is continually making blatantly false statements about the law, history, and finance. It's probably because she lacks any formal education from an accredited university...instead, she has sham degrees from evangelical institutions that are widely considered fakes and have NOT been approved by educational groups at all. Her district in Minnesota is on my list of places in the U.S. to never visit.

    January 25, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  23. johnrj08

    Paul Ryan is an idiot. Spending cuts during a deep recession would be insane. They would only cause more job loss and deterioration of important government services at the state and local level.

    January 25, 2011 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  24. sl12e

    Nice. Baxhmann is a joke...we KNOW the deficit is high...Repugs spent spent spent & now we HAD to spend to get ahead. Can YOU get ahead without capital? Resources? U borrow for college...why? because u INVEST in the future, not your oil & lobby buddies. U invest in America. Im sorry but I was an independent and im going back to the dems. The right is being run by people like that of the vatican. And we all know how thats going. 2nd amendment? Try the SEPERATION of church & state....lets start with that & not anamendment that is OUT OF DATE!

    January 25, 2011 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  25. kiko

    I alway find it funny how these so called responses are obviously prepare waaayy before the president's speech begins. Ohhhhh Bobby Jindal, where are though'???? Haha

    January 25, 2011 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
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