January 27th, 2010
10:55 PM ET
12 years ago

Tim Kaine statement on State of the Union address

After the jump, read the full statement issued by Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine in response to President Obama's State of the Union address:

“Tonight America was looking to President Obama to lay out a vision to restore the middle class, get the economy back on track, create jobs and to change the hyper-partisan way Washington works and in every respect, he hit the ball out of the park. This speech – and the vision and plans for the country laid out by the President – was a home run for the middle class.

"President Obama laid out a road map to recovery, offering concrete plans to make our middle class strong again, get our fiscal house in order and create opportunities for every American who wants a job to have one.

"President Obama talked about the challenges we face and the frustrations Americans feel about the pace of change they’ve seen so far. The President also reminded Americans that upon taking office just over one year ago, he inherited the worst economy since the Great Depression, two wars, and a highly partisan opposition in Washington.

"And, as the President said tonight, while we still have much work to do, we have made substantial progress in the last year. The Recovery Act rescued the economy from certain collapse and has resulted in nearly two million jobs that would not exist if not for that legislation. We passed 25 tax cuts that have helped families and small businesses in tough economic times and has helped the economy turn from recession to growth. And we've come farther than ever before in passing meaningful health insurance reform – a cause we will see to fruition.

"President Obama gave us a clear and concise plan tonight for getting our economy back on track, creating new jobs, restoring the middle class, making education, health care and energy more affordable, and changing the way Washington works. He offered a hand of bipartisanship to Congressional Republicans who, we hope after a year of obstruction and hyper partisanship, will accept it and work with us to turn this country around.

"Tonight we saw President Obama at his strongest – making the case for families and small business owners over bankers and the special interests, for cooperation over rancor, and honestly addressing the frustrations and concerns of Americans, and calling on us all to unite to tackle the challenges at hand."


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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. scott winter haven

    This was by far the most embarassing speech ever given by a President. He was angry, disrepectful to the supreme court and his usually self serving attitude. Remember Obama-you were in the majority as a Senator when all of the problems started. Oh I forgot you were campaigning and not working just as you are doing now.

    January 27, 2010 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  2. brian smith

    please impeach the whole democratic party

    January 27, 2010 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  3. question

    how can you make the middle class strong by taxing them to death to pay for welfare programs for the non productive, to pay for the massive deficits ran up for failed programs and also run their energy bills sky high through the cap and trade bill. tax and spend, only it;s the working people who get taxed and it's spent on the ones who don't.
    typical liberal mentality

    January 27, 2010 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  4. Donna

    I want Sarah Palen to take the retard out of her head and stop trying to confuse americans on the truth! and fox news needs to fire Hannity, and a few others because they are Lyers and dont need to be upsetting america at this time.

    January 27, 2010 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  5. Michael from Ventura

    And he is 100% correct! We saw our President at his strongest tonight.

    January 27, 2010 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  6. louise

    Absolutely!!!!! if anyone cares to listen. Well said, but I'm afraid it fell on deaf ears if you read the lines of the focus groups. The red line looks the same, not interested in corporating.

    January 27, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  7. Michele

    The people criticizing Obama think we are ignorant. They have been yelling about him not keeping his campaign promises (mostly due to the do-nothing Republicans, and his own determination to include them anyway.) Now that he is back on track with the values he came in with, they are upset that he what: said some things they agree with? But don;t ever admit that, because Rush and Hannity will have your heads. Not to mention the all-important gun-toting tea baggers, who have now turned their backs on Sarah, too. These people do not deserve our time and effort any longer.

    January 27, 2010 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  8. Gloria Byrd

    The best speech given yet. Wake up America and let's work together and stop looking at race using buzz words like " no health reform" meaning "No Obama".Cultural differences will destroy this country.

    January 27, 2010 11:52 pm at 11:52 pm |
  9. Leon

    Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and
    then campaign against them.

    Have you ever wondered why, if both the Democrats and the Republicans
    are against deficits, we have deficits?

    Have you ever wondered why, if all the politicians are against
    inflation and high taxes, we have inflation and high taxes?

    You and I don't propose a federal budget. The president does.

    You and I don't have the Constitutional authority to vote on
    appropriations. The House of Representatives does. You and I don't write the tax code, Congress does.

    You and I don't set fiscal policy, Congress does.

    You and I don't control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

    One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme
    Court justices 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly,
    legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic
    problems that plague this country.

    I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that
    problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its
    Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally
    chartered, but private, central bank.

    I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason.

    They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-picking thing.

    I don't care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash.

    The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator's responsibility to determine how he votes.

    Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that
    what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con
    regardless of party.

    What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive
    amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

    The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole
    responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and
    approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House?

    She is the leader of the majority party. She and fellow House members,
    not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president
    vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

    It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not
    replace 545 people who stand convicted - by present facts - of
    incompetence and irresponsibility. I can't think of a single domestic
    problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you
    fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the
    federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they
    want to exist.

    If the tax code is unfair, it's because they want it unfair.

    If the budget is in the red, it's because they want it in the red.

    If the Marines are in IRAQ , it's because they want them in IRAQ .

    If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement
    plan not available to the people, it's because they want it that way.

    There are no insoluble government problems.

    Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they
    hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and
    advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to
    regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical
    forces like "the economy," "inflation," or "politics" that prevent them
    from doing what they take an oath to do. Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

    They, and they alone, have the power.

    They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are
    their bosses provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

    We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!

    By Charlie Reese a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

    What you do with this article now that you have read it is up to you,
    though you appear to have several choices.

    1. You can send this to everyone in your address book, and hope they do something about it.

    2. You can agree to vote against everyone that is currently in office,
    knowing that the process will take several years.

    3. You can decide to run for office yourself and agree to do the job

    4. Lastly, you can sit back and do nothing, or re-elect the current

    January 28, 2010 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  10. Jeannie

    As a Virginian I wish both YOU and Obama would do a better job than I've seen from either of you so far. Maybe there is hope but for me seeing is believing!!!

    January 28, 2010 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  11. Independent

    the president layed his ideas huh? tell me something how is it that dems who claim to be so smart but yet has shown to be so dumb. HC umm how come he couldn't do that while fixing the economy, jobs, national security & etc. you was handed the congress and the WH on a silver platter and you just blew it. you was suppose to do what you promised and you haven't just by the dem's action. looks like you have divided the country even more. you know it is okay to listen the ppl who have put you in office once and awhile. the same ppl who u will beg next time you want to be elected. i hate to say it but dems you brought all on yourself.

    January 28, 2010 01:51 am at 1:51 am |
  12. Donkey Party

    Sadly, the money stuffing Republican's ears disabled their hearing of the address.

    January 28, 2010 01:58 am at 1:58 am |
  13. Dickson

    Thank Mr president

    January 28, 2010 04:59 am at 4:59 am |