Reaction from Minn. delegation to State of the Union
Washington (AP) — Some reaction from Minnesota's congressional delegation to President Bush's State of the Union speech:
"We have a lot of challenges out there. I think the public wants us to get things done. There wasn't a specific agenda or roadmap here, it was challenges. I hope my colleagues on both sides of the aisle figure out that we've got to move forward on these issues." - Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn.
"I don't agree with a lot of this president's policies. I think they've caused damage to our economy, our fiscal condition, and our foreign policy. But in the president's final year, I am going to continue to fight for change for the middle class by looking for common ground so that we can seize opportunities and find real solutions to the challenges ahead for Minnesota's families. Some would wait for a new president, but I don't think we can afford to do that." - Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.
"I'm pleased that this was President Bush's last State of the Union speech. The American people are demanding change in Washington's priorities and while the Congress has made some progress, the President has been a consistent roadblock. Tonight we heard more of the same from the President. Whatdi we need is a change in priorities." - Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn.
"I am pleased the president emphasized the need for Washington to address the pressing issues facing our nation. Congress must recognize its responsibilities and rise above the partisan politics of a campaign year and work together for all Americans." - Rep. John Kline, R-Minn.
"Although the State of the Union address contained no surprises, the president correctly emphasized our nation's priorities of stimulating the economy and job growth, while protecting the American people from the threat of terrorism." - Rep. Jim Ramstad, R-Minn.
"Tonight's speech marks the beginning of the end of the Bush administration. Once more, in the face of enormous challenges like economic stagnation, global climate change, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and international crises in Pakistan, Gaza and Kenya, the president has failed to lead." - Rep. Betty McCollum, D-Minn.
"Mr. President: our country needs an economic stimulus package that will result in something more than pocket change for most working families. Mr. President: the best American economic stimulus package you could offer the American public is to end this war in Iraq. We are currently spenng $10 billion a month in Iraq, more than $2.5 billion a week. Taxpayers in Minnesota alone paid $11 billion for the cost of the Iraq War through 2007." - Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.
"As he recycles his flawed plans for the war in Iraq, the war on terrorism and the economy, President Bush has demonstrated that his administration is intellectually bankrupt." - Rep. Jim Oberstar, D-Minn.
- Morning Edition, 01/29/2008, 7:20 a.m.