What do some of the GOP presidential hopefuls have to say about tonight’s State of the Union Address?
“This is the most activist, big government leftist president that has ever served in this country.” - Rick Santorum
Santorum called the President’s address tonight “a bunch of flowery rhetoric and all this stuff about all the things he has done.” He criticized President Obama’s time in office by drawing attention to Dodd-Frank, the nation’s debt, unemployment, “Obamacare,” and our country’s bond rating. [ABC News]
“Tonight, the president will explain it was all George W. Bush’s fault. This is the fourth year of his presidency, he needs to get over it.” - Newt Gingrich
He dropped another “Saul Alinsky radical” mention on the President, saying he “taught radicalism in Chicago.”
Gingrich couldn’t pass up another opportunity to bust out his professor creds, saying, “And unlike the president, I studied American history.” [LA Times]
“What he’s really offering are partisan planks for his re-election campaign. As I’ve traveled across the country, I’ve heard similar stories in virtually every corner of America, high unemployment, record home foreclosures, debt that’s too high, opportunities that are too few. This is the real state of our union. But you won’t hear stories like those in President Obama’s address tonight. The unemployed don’t get tickets to sit next to the first lady.” - Mitt Romney
In a “prebuttal,” Romney today called President Obama “divisive” and a “desperate campaigner-in-chief.” Like Gingrich, he said the President should not blame others for “how we got in this mess.” [CBS News]