Below you will find a variety of responses from different people within the Republican party


Republican National Committee Chariman Reince Priebus:

Good evening. I'm RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. Tonight, we heard the same old promises from President Obama. Promises for a better economy. Promises for better healthcare. Promises for a better government.

But after five years of promises, what do we have to show for it?

There are more Americans living in poverty than ever before.

People are giving up on looking for work.

Incomes have fallen.

And under ObamaCare, healthcare has actually gotten far more expensive. Five million Americans have received notices that their insurance is cancelled.

FULL TEXT: President Obama's 2014 State of the Union

Now that's not fair. It's not fair that Americans lost insurance they liked because the president lied to them. Now, not only are people losing their insurance, they're losing their doctors too.

We deserve a government that treats people fairly—and lets people make decisions that are right for them.

As Republicans, we believe in putting individuals in charge. It's time we put power in the hands of people—not in the hands of a big and intrusive bureaucratic government.

We believe in a pretty simple idea. We want every American to have the chance to make it in this country. Whatever your American Dream is, we want you to have the opportunity to achieve it.

So that means we need great schools. And parents should be able to choose the school that's right for their kids.

And it means we need a healthcare system that's more affordable and accessible—and not run by bureaucrats.

We've tried the Democrats' way. And we all know it's just not working.

Their way means fewer choices in healthcare.

It means fewer choices in education.

And it means fewer choices in the job market.

None of that's fair to the American people. But it's what Democratic leadership has produced.

So there's only way one to change course. This November, Americans will once again go to the polls to elect leaders at all levels of government. And it will be our chance to cast a vote for fairness, opportunity, and freedom. It will be our chance to vote Republican.

Thank you – and God Bless you.


Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio):

In tonight's State of the Union address, President Obama talked about a year of action to restore an opportunity society, one where every American can pursue his or her dreams. I couldn't agree more with the goal, but I disagree with most of the President's ideas about how to get there. We have tried the top down approach of more government, more regulations, more spending and record debt, and it hasn't worked.

The President did talk about a few areas where we could make progress if he is willing to build on common ground between Republicans and Democrats to break through the gridlock and create more opportunity.

The President mentioned the need for more skills training. I agree that we can do a better job getting workers the skills they need to take advantage of the jobs that are available. In Ohio, there are about 400,000 unemployed workers at the same time that 100,000 jobs remain open and unfilled. For too many Americans, the only jobs that are available are those they don't have the skills and qualifications to fill. The effects ripple throughout our economy. There are federal programs in place that are meant to help the unemployed get the skills they need to find new jobs, but they aren't working. I have proposed bipartisan legislation that would combine and simplify those programs, while redirecting resources to better match skills with available jobs.

The President also talked about an all-of-the-above energy policy. That policy should include domestic energy resources, renewable technologies, energy efficiency proposals, and approval of the Keystone Pipeline. In Ohio, we have seen how domestic energy production can revitalize communities and create thousands of new jobs. With the right policies, we can see that same kind of growth across the country.

At the start of the speech, the President said we needed to reform our broken corporate tax code to bring back jobs. Both parties agree reform is necessary. It's complicated. It's riddled with loopholes. And worst of all, it drives jobs and investment overseas. I was concerned that the President seemed to backtrack on his earlier commitment that such reform would not increase taxes but rather close loopholes and lower rates. I do hope that we can work with the President to make our tax code one that works for the American worker, not against them.

Finally, the President talked about the need to pass the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) to negotiate new trade agreements that expand American exports and spur the creation of thousands of jobs. We only have trade agreements with twenty countries, and together they represent only ten percent of the global economy. Yet forty-six percent of our exports go to these countries. New agreements mean more exports, and that means more jobs.

If the President were to engage with Congress on these four bipartisan proposals to increase opportunity, he could translate his words from the State of the Union into action. It will take his leadership, and if he provides that, I believe both sides can come together and find common ground. Much more needs to be done—on the debt, health care costs, K-12 education, and many other issues. But let's get started where we can. Republicans are ready and the American people need our help.

The President talked about a year of action. Let's hope he is willing to work with Congress to turn his words into reforms that will help the American people.


U.S. Congressman Dave Joyce (R-Ohio):

When I was first elected, I was stunned to hear that 3 million jobs go unfilled every month. So I'm glad the President mentioned manufacturing, job-training, and education which will help us fill those jobs with American workers.

But the difference between my vision for the country and the President's is that I think the American people can, and should, lead our economic recovery - not politicians.

I found it very troubling the President indicated that if he doesn't get what he wants, he'll simply bypass Congress. We should work together to find common ground on the issues, and continue to make job-creation our number one priority.

What Ohio families want to see is less Washington interference and more job-creation and economic growth. At the end of the day, nothing can replace what a good-paying job means for Ohio families. When the American people are free to succeed, there's no limit to what we can accomplish.


Rick Santorum (former Republican presidential candidate)

The state of our union is indeed strong, but it is because of the resilience of hardworking Americans, not because of the heavy-handed policies of this administration.

President Obama's State of the Union address glossed over the failures of his administration: failure to improve the economy, failure in the implementation of his signature achievement ObamaCare, failure to address our national security challenges, and failure to compromise.

The tool of the Executive Order, which President Obama said tonight he will again put into use, illustrates the vindictive way he chooses to govern. Rather than finding areas of compromise, he bypasses Congress and acts unilaterally to ram through his agenda.

We hear the media talk endlessly about a do-nothing Congress, but we can't ignore our do-nothing President, in part because of the atmosphere he has created that makes it impossible to get anything done. He continues to harmfully expand the power of the presidency to the detriment of the American people.

If President Obama really wants to help hardworking American families achieve good-paying, stable jobs and live the American dream, he would stop pushing an agenda that is hurting small businesses, increasing healthcare costs and is overwhelmingly anti-family. We must put in place an economic plan that revives our domestic manufacturing and energy potential, rolls back job-killing regulations and forces the federal government to shrink.

Finally, I will say that on one point the President is right: Americans want to believe in opportunity for all. But that can only be achieved if this President and this Congress begin to lift up hardworking families, protect our national security interests through a consistent foreign policy and ensure prosperity for this and future generations by building economic freedom."