McConnell Responds to President's State of the Union Address

Statement

By:  Mitch McConnell
Date: Feb. 12, 2013
Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement tonight regarding President Obama's State of the Union Address:

"I was disappointed. The President showed yet again that he can really deliver a speech, but I don't think anybody needed proof of that. I think what most Americans wanted to hear tonight was the President's plan to get government spending under control, rein in the debt, and put the private economy back on a path to real growth and serious job creation.

"Kentuckians aren't interested in false promises; they want to hear what we're planning to do to streamline government and bring it up to date. They want to hear what it's going to take to lower the cost of living, and the cost of education and health care. They want to hear what it's going to take to create good jobs. The President didn't do any of those things tonight.

"Another thing he didn't do was to explain how Obamacare is about to start impacting peoples' lives in a very significant way. Many of us warned about all the terrible consequences of this law. Well, now we're seeing them. And I think the President who pushed so hard to pass it should face up to its impact, and do something to prepare folks for what's coming.

"Another thing I'd say is that we don't need to be fighting about everything in Washington. I happen to be one of those who thinks divided government is the ideal time to solve our nation's problems. For whatever reason, the President doesn't agree with that. He seems to want everybody to think that Republicans are all up here with their daggers drawn all the time. It's absolute nonsense. We've got serious problems to deal with, especially spending and debt. Every single one of my Republican colleagues wants to do something to address those problems.

"So I think the President missed an opportunity tonight to lay out a serious economic plan Kentuckians could really relate to, and to reach out across the aisle to get it done."