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In quotes: State of Union reaction
Kathleen Sebelius. 29 Jan
Kathleen Sebelius criticised US foreign policy under Mr Bush
US President George W Bush has delivered his final regular State of the Union address, with fears of economic slowdown a key issue.

US lawmakers from both sides of the political divide were swift to react. Here are some of the comments:

DEMOCRAT RESPONSE: KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, KANSAS GOVERNOR

"The last five years have cost us dearly - in lives lost; in thousands of wounded warriors whose futures may never be the same; in challenges not met here at home because our resources were committed elsewhere.

America's foreign policy has left us with fewer allies and more enemies.

Join us, Mr President, and working together with Congress to make tough, smart decisions, we will regain our standing in the world and protect our people and our interests."

HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADER JOHN BOEHNER

"Tonight, the president called on Congress to act quickly on a number of key priorities, and Republicans stand ready to work together with the Majority when it's in the best interest of the country.

In fact, we can start tomorrow by permanently closing the terrorist loophole in our nation's surveillance laws and passing an economic growth plan without tax hikes and unrelated spending increases.

And in the months to come, we also should work together to craft a long-term economic growth package, pass critical trade agreements and support our troops as they continue to achieve remarkable progress in both Iraq and Afghanistan."

JOINT STATEMENT BY HOUSE SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI AND SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID

"We will work with the president where possible - to bolster the housing market and help Americans keep their homes, restore confidence in consumer goods like toys, food and medicine, and to give our workers and employers more tools to compete in a global economy.

"The president gave no hope for an end to the war in Iraq, approaching the five-year mark, with no political reconciliation, and too great a toll on our troops, our trust and our treasury."

REPUBLICAN SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN

"I applaud the president's efforts to reduce earmarks and their influence on federal government spending. Earmarks and pork-barrel spending steal valuable taxpayer dollars from national priorities, skew the budget process and have led to corruption among lawmakers."

DEMOCRATIC SENATOR HILLARY CLINTON

"President Bush had one final chance tonight to acknowledge what the American people have known for years: that the economy is not working for middle-class families.

"Unfortunately, what he offered was more of the same - a frustrating commitment to the same failed policies that helped turn record surpluses into large deficits, and push a thriving 21st-century economy to the brink of recession."

REPUBLICAN FORMER ARKANSAS GOVERNOR MIKE HUCKABEE

"I applaud the president's efforts on behalf of an economic stimulus package. It's a valuable first step.

"And I hope that the Democratic leadership in Congress will co-operate with the president in a responsible manner."

DEMOCRATIC SENATOR BARACK OBAMA

"It was warmed-over past State of the Union speeches. As I travel across the country, the American people want much much more.

"They are anxious about their economic futures. They're seeing their homes foreclosed. They're seeing jobs contracting. They are concerned about being able to send their kids to college.

"What they want is leadership from the White House."

REPUBLICAN FORMER MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY

"I saw a president who recognises that Washington has been unable to deal with many of the problems we face.

"This was a president saying: 'You know what? Washington ought to get the job done. Washington is broken.'"

DEMOCRATIC FORMER SENATOR JOHN EDWARDS

"The State of the Union may be interesting political theatre, but until we find bold solutions to the challenges facing the country, we will be stuck with the same old small, Washington answers.

And in the chamber of the House of Representatives, where the president speaks, even though this Congress stopped listening to him a while ago, they will still applaud and cheer him... Between now and January of 2009, Democrats must stand up to this president, stand up for what's right, so he does not continue to forget about the middle class in this country."

REPUBLICAN SENATOR ARLEN SPECTER

"I think the president still has the potential to do a lot. He is still the president of the United States, and with the Democrats in Congress coming forward and being co-operative on this stimulus package, I'm hopeful that that will signal a little different attitude on the part of Congress."





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