Quotes, reaction to Obama's State of the Union speech

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Posted: Jan 20, 2015 9:15 PM

Quotes from and reaction to President Obama's State of the Union address, delivered Tuesday night before Congress:

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"At this moment — with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry and booming energy production — we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth. It's now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next fifteen years, and for decades to come. Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort?" — President Barack Obama.

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"Tonight isn't about the president's legacy, it's about the people's priorities. Making government bigger isn't going to help the middle class. More growth and more opportunity will help the middle class, and those are the Republican priorities." — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

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"Americans have been hurting, but when we demanded solutions, too often Washington responded with the same stale mindset that led to failed policies like Obamacare. It's a mindset that gave us political talking points, not serious solutions." — Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, delivering the official GOP response to Obama's speech.