January 26, 2011 / 2:14 AM / 9 years ago

Factbox: Reactions to the State of the Union address

(Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday.

His speech challenged legislators to adopt limited spending cuts and focus on job-creating investments.

Here are some reactions to the speech.

Paul Sracic, chairman of the political science department at Youngstown State University in Ohio:

“He isn’t just moving toward the middle, he is leaping there ... advocating trade agreements, tax cuts, and malpractice reform.”

“He even admits to a flaw in the healthcare law. Interestingly enough, in moving right he may be marginalizing the Tea Party movement. Clever.”

House of Representatives Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, in the official Republican response:

“Last year — in an unprecedented failure — Congress chose not to pass, or even propose a budget ... Our forthcoming budget is our obligation to you — to show you how we intend to do things differently, how we will cut spending to get the debt down, help create jobs and prosperity, and reform government programs.”

Fox News commentator Juan Williams, commenting on the lack of details for spending cuts in President Obama’s speech and Ryan’s Republican response:

“I think that we have to have a debate about where you have these spending cuts, and I’m sure that’s coming.”

David Kendall, senior fellow with centrist think tank Third Way:

“This is exactly where we need to be. This is a speech that’s focused on economic growth and the nation’s competitiveness. The president is spot on.”

Minnesota Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann, in the Tea Party response to Obama’s speech:

“After the $700 billion bailout, the trillion-dollar stimulus, and the massive budget bill with over 9,000 earmarks that the President signed, many of you implored Washington to please stop spending money we don’t have ... But, instead of cutting, we saw an unprecedented explosion of government spending and debt at President Obama’s direction; unlike anything we have seen in the history of our country.”

Michelle Sharron, 47, writer in software industry in San Francisco:

“This is definitely a lesson in compromise, but I think it is the hard reality of getting things done. Outrage is easy. Compromise is hard.”

Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell, via Twitter:

“Agree with President on global competitiveness. We can’t keep fighting for last year’s technology.”

“Improving U.S. global competitiveness also means enforcing our trade laws so other countries play by the rules.”

Senator Mary Landrieu, a Louisiana Democrat:

“Tonight, the president reiterated the need to stay the course on health care reform. I strongly agree with the president that repealing the entirety of the health care reform law is not an option. While the health care reform law is not perfect, it does provide critical protections for Louisiana residents.”

Reporting by Emily Stephenson, Donna Smith and Peter Henderson in San Francisco; Editing by Eric Walsh

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