President Obama Delivers State of the Union Address

By KBJR News 1

February 13, 2013 Updated Feb 13, 2013 at 12:05 AM CDT

Washington, D.C. (NNCNOW.com) - In his State of the Union Address, President Obama called for bipartisan cooperation in Congress, but made clear he will push a liberal agenda that he says is focused on jobs.

The GOP demanded smaller Government.

"That's why I hope the President will abandon his obsession with raising taxes and instead work with us to achieve real growth in our economy," said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida).

Minnesota and Wisconsin leaders responded to Tuesday's address.

“Tonight President Obama presented an excellent plan to expand our nation's economy and strengthen the middle class," said Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton in a statement. "The addition of over 6 million jobs in America during the past 35 months shows he has put us back on the right track. His proposed new investments in clean energy, education, and worker training are crucial for the creation of more, good-paying jobs in Minnesota and across our country. I applaud The President for his strong leadership and for his proposals, which will lead our country to even greater prosperity.”

“It’s disappointing that tonight’s State of the Union Address glossed over the serious fiscal problems facing our nation and failed to deliver an honest plan for real reform in America," Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said in a statement. “In Wisconsin, we faced our challenges head on and implemented reforms that eliminated a $3.6 billion deficit and created a healthy surplus without raising taxes. We’re developing our workforce, creating jobs and lowering our unemployment rate. Real reform is happening on the state level; but in order to move our country forward, President Obama can no longer ignore the overwhelming economic troubles looming over our nation. Enacting Wisconsin-like reforms will move our economy forward and put American families first.”

"One of my top priorities in Congress is putting people in Minnesota – and all over America – back to work, and I'm glad the president talked about that," said US Senator Al Franken (D - Minnesota) in a statement. "I was proud to bring Larry Lundblad, the president of Central Lakes College, as my guest to tonight's speech. He's a leader in workforce development, and I was very gratified to hear the president talk about filling the skills gap. We need to train people to fill the jobs we already have – jobs that are waiting to be filled, but that just don't have enough applicants with the needed skills."

“Tonight the President underscored the importance of revitalizing our country’s competitive edge to move our economy forward," said Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D - Minnesota) in a statement. "I have long championed a competitive agenda for America to secure our economic standing on the global stage. That means reducing our debt in a balanced way; investing in a 21st century education system, a high-tech workforce and homegrown energy; and making commonsense reforms to advance innovation, promote manufacturing and help our businesses export their goods to the world.

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