McConnell and Duncan Reactions

For the first time in his presidency, President George Bush gave his State of the Union Address to a Democratic controlled Congress.

Some of Bush's resolutions were balancing the federal budget within five years, tax relief to help un-insured Americans get health care coverage and a call to reduce gas usage by 20 percent over the next 10 years.

U.S. Senate Republican Leader, Mitch McConnell has released the following statement regarding the presidents address.

"The presidents' bold, specific challenge to the Congress is to work together to tackle the big issues facing our nation. And I believe we can find big solutions to big problems, but only if the debate is aimed at accomplishment over political gain. A stable Iraq that is an ally in the war on terror, social security and medicare reform, energy independence and a commonsense approach to border security and immigration reform are just a few of the top issues we are facing. I believe we have the rare opportunity to find bold solutions for many of these issues, and I take up the presidents challenge to set an ambitious course for our country."

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The Republican National Committee Chairman and Kentucky native Mike Duncan also commented on President Bush's State of the Union Address.

"Our economy is growing and creating jobs. Our children are learning more and better. Our seniors have better access to prescription drugs. The terrorists have yet to successfully mount another attack against us, but there's always more to do. And in laying out an exciting agenda for our future, President Bush made it clear he would not waste one minute of his presidency."