Missouri senators, representative respond to State of the Union address

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 | 11:12 p.m. CST; updated 5:29 p.m. CST, Thursday, February 9, 2012

COLUMBIA — Missouri political figures responded to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, during which he discussed economic inequality and job creation.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, said she supports Obama's vision to invest in the workforce and bolster manufacturing.

"Missouri's middle class families can't endure more partisanship, brinksmanship, and political games," McCaskill said in a news release. "They expect us to work together and be willing to compromise. I'm ready to work towards that goal."

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Missouri, said in a news release that Obama's economic policies have failed and made the economy worse.

"The most important American value in the economy is the the value of an individual to get a job, and hopefully a private sector job," he said.

Blunt also said the president's focus on "energy security" contradicts the discussions he's heard in Missouri about growing utility bills.

Blunt said he thinks an increase in American energy would lead to more jobs and that Obama's team has been working in the opposite direction.

Blunt said the priority for America is creating more private-sector jobs.

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Missouri, said in a news release that Obama needs to take more action in creating jobs.

"The president's failed policies have made the economy worse with almost 2 million more people out of work since he took office," Luetkemeyer said.

He said the president shouldn't have stopped the Keystone XL pipeline because it would have created "tens of thousands of jobs."

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