How was the president's SOTU address?
Democratic Congressman Robert Andrews reacts
- Duration 5:42
- Date Jan 25, 2012
Democratic Congressman Robert Andrews reacts
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-- already heard from Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney GOP senator Marco Rubio but now we go to the other side of the aisle to get a Democrats.
Perspective on tonight's speech and joining me now is New Jersey congressman Robert Andrews mr.
Enders are welcome back howry congressman hey John thanks thanks for the marathon coverage tonight.
Now listen you know on the way here and then you know I'm glad to follow the president took my time slot but that's okay.
I cannot see it in light of I wanna go back the Republican National Committee came out with a man today -- -- reminds people of something that Barack Obama himself has said.
And I think it's legitimate he said three years two years within that how -- and the senate and Democrats.
And here's what he said about what would happen if he didn't turn things around by now.
If I don't have this done in three years -- there's going to be a one term proposition here we are four years later I can't find a job why should they support him.
We didn't come with thirteen million people out of work forty million people -- more than a year 49 million Americans living below the poverty -- Undue influence by Obama campaign supporters.
Things -- not going the right direction to go on longer.
Why don't think you're better off than they were four years ago.
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I get this done and -- what it's one term proposition.
I don't think people are better off we've had a downgrade.
We have five trillion dollars in new Obama debt.
I assume you're gonna blame George Bush for all of us.
But really Sean I'm gonna say this that the economy was in awful shape from the president took over got worse for awhile.
Businesses have had to have added three point one million new jobs since the spring of 2010.
And I think the question that the electorate will decide.
Is whether the direction the president's put the country is working or not and whether they want a change to whatever Republicans offer I do think this speech was well founded in that.
It spent most of time talking about what he wants to do.
Which I think is what people want to hear about rather than whose fault it was -- got to where we are well.
I have but I we've got to examine whether he's been successful as president he said in in July of 2008 early July of 2008.
That George Bush was irresponsible and unpatriotic.
Because of a four trillion dollar debt.
He's accumulated more than that -- one term he promised shovel ready jobs he promised unemployment would be below 8%.
You know what I'm doing that we've lost two million jobs since it next to -- -- since he's -- president no president in modern times has ever lost jobs -- in the first term.
Why would tell me what he's done that deserves a second term.
-- would -- there's three things Sean that the Monty took office the economy lost 700000.
It's now gained jobs for each about the last eighteen months three point one million since the spring of 21102.
Well I got emotional when I got to -- and we have -- and that's not true we're losing unemployment.
Numbers new filings are go enough but the month of December of -- side.
-- thousand each and every week or each and every mom -- what -- -- no that's a fact and we don't even count when when no longer counting people.
That are still unemployed or underemployed if their -- -- if they're 99 weeks runs out that's not accurate.
Talk about some of that on and unemployment rate -- talk about the next number of new jobs in the economy.
In the private sector.
These three point one million jobs higher than it was in march of 110 not talking at the rate of talk -- the number -- just -- -- became president in in what.
Behind and there had lost the net two million jobs and there -- had been a meltdown on Wall Street in September and October.
And that problem attached to size the economy was shrinking I think by 15%.
In the fourth quarter 2008.
And the first quarter 20092.
Accomplishment and I think you have to give credit.
To the intelligence community to some of the bush policies were in fact.
But he made it decisive move and led the effort that got -- -- lot night I got to -- an important thing to do.
And I appreciate that you also give the bush intelligence and get -- rendition credit iPod guy concede that point but here's my question -- up.
Five trillion dollars in new debt he said -- cut the deficit in half.
We're not set any talk about saving social security and Medicare tonight and five trillion that I can -- even in debt what are we get for five trillion dollars.
The one -- later reversed that is to have private sector job growth and he's put us on that track would say one thing about that the debt and deficit he did make another proposal wouldn't.
We've we've done two trillion in deficit reduction -- -- August 1 law that's all spending cuts I heard him tonight reiterate.
That he would do another trillion dollars in Medicare Medicaid and some restraint on Social Security on for that.
If there were a trillion dollars in new revenue coming from the top three or four or 5%.
That's an -- -- had on the table this summer I think it's an offer that speaker Boehner ought to sat.
That would get us another two trillion dollars in deficit reduction I think we had to do it.
All right congressman.
One of the few Democrats -- it'll come near me resting your colleagues sir are.
You know a little bit a little bit afraid and wimpy I think they need -- you know man up and then come on and then battled back and -- wasn't too painful.
I wasn't painful -- had root canal this was a lot better -- that I think this -- This is all about the First Amendment shot -- to combat at Tennessee congressman and we'll be spent in our lifetime channel does that -- we'll we'll get into that next time.
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