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

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Posted: Jan 21, 2015 3:44 AM
Quotes, reaction to Obama's State of the Union speech

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

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"I have no more campaigns to run. My only agenda for the next two years is the same as the one I've had since the day I swore an oath on the steps of this Capitol — to do what I believe is best for America. If you share the broad vision I outlined tonight, join me in the work at hand. If you disagree with parts of it, I hope you'll at least work with me where you do agree. And I commit to every Republican here tonight that I will not only seek out your ideas, I will seek to work with you to make this country stronger." — President Barack Obama.

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"Finding common ground is what the American people sent us here to do, but you wouldn't know it from the president's speech tonight. While veto threats and unserious proposals may make for good political theater, they will not distract this new American Congress from our focus on the people's 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.

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"#SOTU pointed way to an economy that works for all. Now we need to step up & deliver for the middle class." — Hillary Rodham Clinton, possible 2016 presidential candidate, on Twitter.

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"It's unfortunate President Obama wants to use the tax code to divide us — instead of proposing reforms to create economic opportunity for every American. We can do better." — former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, on Facebook.

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"Obama claims his budget is practical, not partisan — what about it being balanced?" — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Twitter.

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"The president had an opportunity to be magnanimous, to be gracious. ... Instead, the president didn't do that. He didn't listen to the voters who are hurting right now. Instead, he doubled down on the failed policies of the last six years." — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

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"Instead of rewarding repressive, anti-American regimes like Cuba and Iran with undeserved concessions that legitimize and enrich them, (Obama) should condition normalized relations on real, irreversible results that protect U.S. national security interests, safeguard human rights and ensure greater political freedoms." — Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

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"It's time to put middle-class, paycheck-earning Americans first, not last. Let's work with President Obama to build on our nation's economic growth and get back to rewarding all hard-working Americans." — Rep. Xavier Becerra, D-Calif., chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.