NC politicians react to Obama’s speech

January 28, 2014 

“Tonight, the president laid out concrete proposals to grow the economy, strengthen the middle class, and empower all who hope to join it. I am hopeful that Congress will work with the president on priorities important to North Carolinians: raising the minimum wage, keeping college affordable, spurring economic growth by investing in research, education and transportation, and restoring emergency unemployment benefits.”

U.S. Rep. David Price
D-Chapel Hill

“After five years of failed leadership and empty rhetoric, Americans witnessed more of the same this evening in the president’s State of the Union address. Throughout his remarks, President Obama focused on what could be the underlying theme of his presidency: that we must spend more, expect less and blame others for our failures. … Our state is starting to see the rewards of making prudent decisions for growing a healthy economy. Gov. Pat McCrory and the General Assembly have instituted important economic reforms that have led to the successes we are witnessing today. It’s time Washington learns the same lesson.”

U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers
R-Dunn

“It’s something unique about this speech. I think this is about his legacy and trying to implement some of the vision he’s talked about for many years. ... So many American people are being left behind. ... So he’s addressing the huge disparity among American workers. … He’s got three (years) left in his administration now, and he’s got to talk about opportunity and reducing poverty and growing the middle class.”

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield
D-Wilson

“My top priority this year continues to be creating jobs and growing our economy, and it was important for the president to emphasize efforts that will help out-of-work North Carolinians get back on their feet. One of the best ways to strengthen our economy is ensuring our kids are getting the education they need to prepare them for the future, and I was honored to have Karyn Dickerson, North Carolina’s Teacher of the Year, as my guest tonight.”

Sen. Kay Hagan
D-N.C.

“Tonight, President Obama touched on many issues, most notably on income inequality. But it’s as if the president, five years into his term in office, still doesn’t understand our country and what makes it work. The greatest achievement of our modern, free society is not the promise of equal outcomes – history is littered with the wrecks of nations that tried – but rather equality of opportunity.”

Sen. Richard Burr
R-N.C.

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