Colorado Congressional Reaction To State Of The Union

Both Parties Call For Cooperation

"Three years ago, when President Obama delivered his first State of the Union address, this country was reeling from the worst economic crisis in our history. Today, we're steadily rebuilding. Our goal should be an America in which parents are confident that their children will have better opportunities than they did -- where everyone who wants to work can find a job. And in that pursuit President Obama laid out a strong plan for restoring the middle class that injects fairness and rewards hard work," said Democratic Sen. Mark Udall.

"Tonight the President outlined a strong vision for an economy that empowers the middle class and offers the equality of opportunity that has allowed so many previous generations to pursue the American dream. Not only did he reinforce our shared commitment to domestic energy and manufacturing, but he did so within the context of quintessential American values like equality, opportunity and progress. Our economy has added over three million private sector jobs since President Obama took office, but a truly lasting recovery will build off these values to create a strong and successful middle class and a more prosperous and secure future for America," said Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette.

"I don't think election year politics have to get in the way of job creation at all. In fact, I'm going to be encouraging my colleagues, the president and the Senate to put down their campaign attacks and focus what's best for the country. And that's addressing our far too high unemployment," said Republican Rep. Cory Gardner.

"I think we're focusing on our differences. We haven't had a president that has exercised that type of leadership," said Republican Rep. Mike Coffman.

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