Gov. Mitch Daniels gives GOP response
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Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels gives GOP response to State of the Union speech

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Republicans said Tuesday night that President Barack Obama’s “trickle-down government” has held back, rather than speeded up, economic recovery.

“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,” said Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels – citing high debt and unemployment above 8% – in the official GOP response to the State of the Union address.

“He (Obama) seems to sincerely believe we can build a middle class out of government jobs paid for with borrowed dollars,” said Daniels. “In fact, it works the other way: a government as big and bossy as this one is maintained on the backs of the middle class, and those who hope to join it.”

Obama defended Wall Street reform, health-care reform and government stimulus spending in his speech Tuesday night to a joint session of Congress. He also proposed new corporate tax breaks.

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