U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) released the following statement responding to the President's State of the Union address:
The President had an opportunity to reach across the aisle and propose policies to produce economic growth. Unfortunately, he chose instead to embrace unabashed liberalism.
President Obama only knows how to grow government, not the economy.
Under President Obama, the economy is entering its fifth year of substandard annual growth -- 0.8% on average -- compared to an average of 3.3% for the last 70 years.
If the President's big-government policies were enacted, they would make it harder for the 23 million people out of work to find a job, harder for young people coming out of school to find their first job, and harder for Hispanics and African Americans struggling to achieve the American dream.
There is potential for real bipartisan cooperation in Congress to get the economy growing and help people get back to work, but expanding government spending, debt, taxes, and control of the economy will only make the problem worse.