The Republicans have been quick to label Obama’s State of the Union address as “inadequate.”
They agree that reviving the US economy is a priority. But rising Republican star Paul Ryan said the President has gone about it the wrong way:
“There is no doubt that the President came into office facing a severe fiscal and economic situation. Unfortunately, instead of restoring the fundamentals of economic growth, he engaged in a stimulus spending spree that not only failed to deliver on its promise to create jobs, but also plunged us even deeper into debt,” he said.
These sentiments were repeated by Republicans throughout the corridors of the Capitol.
“Well, you know, I thought it was interesting, tonight we had a new speaker, a new tone, and I think a new opportunity for America, but America’s future is not going to be determined by what we heard tonight. It’s going to be what we do tomorrow, and I think Americans want us to cut spending, create jobs and restore the American promise, but I am optimistic we are going to be able to do that,” said J.Randy Forbes, a Republican from Virginia.
Republicans did applaud Obama’s pledge to wind down the war in Afghanistan.
But the majority of this year’s state of the Union address was met with scepticism in the Republican aisles.