Kentuckiana politicians respond to President’s State of the Union address

Kentuckiana politicians respond to President’s State of the Union address

U.S. Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: 

"The biggest problem is the President made a speech that made it look like he's going to run for office again. His time for running is over. His time for governing is here. And in order to accomplish things over the last two years of the Obama Administration, he needs to work with the Republican Congress. Much of what he did tonight, you know, new taxes, new spending is sort of the same old thing that we've heard over the last six years. What I had hoped was the President was going to focus on areas of possible agreement. There are a few: trade, tax reform, infrastructure—those are the things we need to be concentrating on and let the next election occur in 2016."

Sen. Rand Paul:

Good Evening. I wish I had better news for you, but all is not well in America. America is adrift. Something is clearly wrong. America needs many things, but what America desperately needs is new leadership. I've only been in office a short time, but one thing I've discovered is that there is no monopoly on knowledge in Washington. The best thing that could happen is for us—to once and for all—limit the terms of all politicians. We already limit the President to two terms. I think we should put limits on the terms of Congress and infuse our government with fresh ideas.

Congressman John Yarmuth:

"Tonight, President Obama reminded the American people just how important a strong middle class is in continuing our economic recovery. Though our economy continues to grow, we still see so many of the benefits only going to millionaires and billionaires, not our working families. A fair tax code that rewards work rather than wealth is necessary, and I welcome the President's tax proposal.

Rep. Todd Young:

"While the President closed his State of the Union address by noting his desire to work across the aisle, much of his speech was spent digging in his heels on the same tax-and-spend policies rejected by the American people rather than identifying areas of common ground. But while I'm generally disappointed he took this tack, I still think there were some hints of bipartisanship that might present opportunities to grow a stronger economy.