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Coloradans react to Obama speech

Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talk behind President Barack Obama during his address to a joint session of Congress in the House Chamber of the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)
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DENVER ” Reaction from Coloradans to President Barack Obama’s televised speech Tuesday to a joint session of Congress:

“Tonight, the president talked about the tough economic times our country is facing and laid out some of the choices we are going to have to make together to see us through. But, we are a strong nation, and I believe the plans President Obama and his Administration are presenting will help us meet these enormous challenges. There are brighter days ahead for all of us, and I will work hard with my colleagues in Congress to lay the foundation for long-term economic growth in energy, transportation, technology and health care.

“The American people deserve honesty and solutions, and President Obama’s speech gave us both.” ” Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo.


“Tonight, President Obama conveyed a compelling vision for our nation. He was realistic about the problems we face today, but optimistic ” as I am ” about America’s future. America is in the midst of a crisis ” but, as the president said, this crisis did not happen overnight. It is the inevitable undoing of decades of irresponsible and unsustainable policies and practices that placed short-term gain above long-term prosperity.

“The current path is unsustainable and the consequences of inaction are unthinkable. Now is the time to chart a new a course for America and set ourselves on the road to recovery and long-term economic revitalization.” ” Sen. Michael, D-Colo.


“The speech was great, and I believe it gave hope to all Americans at a time when confidence is necessary to move our economy forward. I side with many economists who believe that increasing taxes will decrease job creation.

“I wish the President would have been more aggressive about stopping out-of-control deficit spending. Reducing deficit spending by half in four years is a little bit like having a chronic alcoholic cut their drinking in half. We need a balanced budget as soon as possible.” ” Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo.


“President Obama put forth a bold and realistic path to fuel our economy for the 21st century. On the heels of an historic recovery package that put into motion the immediate steps necessary to revitalize the economy in the short-term, tonight President Obama laid a strong foundation for its long-term stability.

“The way forward in restoring America’s strengths is to make sustained investments in health care, energy and education that will lead to the creation of new jobs and new industries that will make us more competitive in the global economy.” ” Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo.


“Solving the many problems that face our nation ” from the mortgage crisis to our nation’s outdated health care system ” is a daunting task, but the innovation and ingenuity of the American people will see us through.

“As we heard in his speech tonight, President Obama is working to ensure that as we tackle the many challenges that lie ahead, Coloradans will get the most bang for our buck. He also laid out plans to rein in government spending, reduce our ballooning national debt and ease our financial woes.” ” Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo.


“These are troubling times, but the president put forth a bold plan for rebuilding our economy and getting our country back on track.

“Part of the strategy is to invest in a new energy economy and an emerging green-collar work force. That is why it was so good to see Blake Jones, the CEO of Namaste Solar, attending the president’s speech. Blake heads a Boulder-based company that is a clear example of how Colorado is leading the nation in pioneering these new companies and jobs. The president’s economic recovery package makes the largest investment in renewable and efficient energy technologies we have ever seen, and Colorado is in a prime position to receive a significant portion of this funding.” ” Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo.


“As a lifelong farmer, business owner and proud member of the Blue Dog Democratic Caucus, I have pledged fiscal responsibility when it comes to the taxpayers’ money and our national budget. In recent days we’ve been forced to take some major actions to address the fiscal crisis we’ve inherited. I don’t take those decisions lightly, but tough times demand action, and the people of Colorado wouldn’t allow me to sit on my hands while jobs are being lost.

“But those actions are only steps toward our long-term economic health. Good health requires comprehensive long-term treatment. That’s why I support President Obama’s commitment to the reduction of our deficit and increased accountability for government spending. Those are principles that my fellow Blue Dogs have championed for years, and I support them now more than ever.” ” Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo.

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