The 2012 State of the Union address delivered by Barack Obama on Tuesday has set the tone for the upcoming debates between Republicans and Democrats ahead of the November presidential elections. The event alone is an opportunity for both parties to gather popularity votes and take down the opposition. Here’s what GOP’s Mitch Daniels replied to Obama’s State of the Union address.
Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels wasn’t just another Republican to reply to Obama’s State of the Union (SOTU) address. Washington Post writes that “by the standards of post SOTU responses”, the speech Daniels gave “was a stunning, historic success”. With one specification: it reminded “of the difficulties Daniels, a fantasy-draft presidential pick for many Republicans would face if he entered the campaign”.
Just like the main attitude in the GOP, when it comes to Obama, the main way to reply is accusing him of not being competent enough to deal better with the economic meltdown and reducing the staggering deficit of the nation. What they fail to mention is how hard it is to come to an agreement in the Congress, as both parties decide to stick to their policy, rather than meeting halfway.
Mitch Daniels said: “when President Obama claims that the state of our union is anything but grave, he must know in his heart that this is not true”. And then he carries on talking about Obama’s performance in dealing with the “economic and fiscal crises that continue in America” but for which this president isn’t to blame. “But he was elected on a promise to fix them, and he cannot claim that the last three years have made things anything but worse”.
The Governor argued that during the three years Obama has been in charge of the nation’s economic issues, the percentage of employed Americans dropped at its lowest in decades, “an unprecedented explosion of spending” occurred and trillions have been added to “an already unaffordable national debt”.
Apart from criticism, Mitch Daniels did however acknowledged Obama’s “aggressive pursuit of the murderers of 9/11” and his standing in the “long overdue changes in public education”.
He ended his speech by claiming that “Republicans will speak for those who believe in the dignity and capacity of the individual citizen; who believe that government is meant to serve the people rather than supervise them”.