Nation's leaders respond to the State of the Union

Thursday, January 28, 2010 | 6:23 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Last night's State of the Union address sparked some mixed feelings about President Barack Obama's plans for the future. Organizations and politicians from around the nation and Missouri responded to the speech.

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force:

"'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' is unnecessary, unfair and immoral. It undermines military readiness and discriminates against brave and patriotic men and women eager and willing to serve their country."

U.S. Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo.:

"While he signaled a willingness to move to the middle, and find common ground with Republicans, I want less talk, more action. I’m from the Show-Me State — so show me!"

Shawn Callahan, executive director of Move America Forward:

"It is reprehensible for the President to take credit for a war his predecessor won.  Then-Senator Obama criticized the Iraq war, called it a dumb war, said our troops would fail and that the surge would make things worse. History has proved him wrong, and yet he still tries to somehow take credit for our troops' success without even congratulating them on the good job they have done."

State Sen. Bill Stouffer, R-Napton, and candidate for 4th District congressman:

"Tonight the President offered no real plan to drastically reduce Washington spending and taxes. Instead, he offered lip service and half measures. The message from the American people is clear: 'enough is enough.' Enough out of control Washington spending, enough tax increases and enough big government. Ike Skelton and Nancy Pelosi continue to march in lockstep with this out of touchadministration. It is time that we had a voice in the Fourth District that listens to the people and advocates common sense policies that help create jobs and bring down our deficit."

U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt, Republican:

"Missourians are frustrated.  They’re tired of the culture of borrowing, bailing-out, and taking-over that Washington Democrats are pursuing.  They are saying, ‘show me the jobs.’  The president should focus on the right kind of economic recovery: private sector opportunity, job creation, and health care reform that will really lower costs through competition."

U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, Republican:

"The President and the Majority in Congress have made a series of disastrous decisions in the last year that have cost us millions of jobs and created an historic debt. One speech filled with political promises is not going to repair the damage done to hard-working American families. We have heard these kinds of promises for months, and still 10 percent of our people are out of work, our national debt is an incredible $12 trillion and growing, and the so-called stimulus package and national health care debate have been catastrophic failures."

U.S. Rep. Russ Carnahan, Democrat:

"With mounting debt piled upon future generations, we must responsibly restore our reputation and place of trust and prominence worldwide. Our loss of favor can only be regained when we demonstrate as Americans a real willingness to engage the issues of the day which left unaddressed, or worse yet continued with abandonment, jeopardize us all for decades to come. Joe Biden will for the better change the way the world thinks of America, making us more secure abroad, then we can truly focus on being more secure at home. That kind of real change, necessary change, is only possible with Obama/Biden."

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