Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. said tonight that President Barack Obama will most likely attempt to divert attention away from his record in his State of the Union.
“I think most of what you will hear tonight will be an effort to kind of divert attention away from his own record,” McConnell told Fox News. “I don’t think you’ll hear him bragging about the stimulus or Obamacare or Dodd-Frank. He’s certainly not going to talk about the downgrading of our credit rating.”
McConnell also said that Obama is not likely to mention the Keystone XL pipeline project, which he rejected.
“I can imagine why he wouldn’t want to mention the Keystone pipeline, an entirely private sector effort,” said McConnell. “It wouldn’t cost the government a penny. All it needed was the president to sign off on it. It would have created 20,000 private sector jobs immediately. Of course he doesn’t want to mention that.”
Excerpts of the State of the Union released by the White House indicate that the president will focus on the need for a shared responsibility by all Americans while vowing to fight obstruction in Congress:
• “Think about the America within our reach: A country that leads the world in educating its people. An America that attracts a new generation of high-tech manufacturing and high-paying jobs. A future where we’re in control of our own energy, and our security and prosperity aren’t so tied to unstable parts of the world. An economy built to last, where hard work pays off, and responsibility is rewarded. “
• “. . . The defining issue of our time is how to keep that promise alive. No challenge is more urgent. No debate is more important. We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. What’s at stake are not Democratic values or Republican values, but American values. We have to reclaim them.”
• “As long as I’m President, I will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum. But I intend to fight obstruction with action, and I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place.
• No, we will not go back to an economy weakened by outsourcing, bad debt, and phony financial profits. Tonight, I want to speak about how we move forward, and lay out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values.”
• “Let’s never forget: Millions of Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a government and a financial system that do the same. It’s time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts, and no copouts. An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody.”
White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer told Fox News that Obama’s speech will represent his blueprint for fixing the economy.
“Tonight the president is going to lay out a blueprint of how we help create jobs, grow the economy and make sure the middle class has a fair shot in this economy,” Pfeiffer said.
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