Conservatives Pre-React to State of the Union Address

Sure, the State of the Union is still a while away --three hours and counting -- but where's the fun in obeying the House conservative's 9:01 PM EST embargo on their post-SOTU comments?

After the jump: Representatives far and wide share their feelings of love for Bush. Don't miss such classics as this one from Rep. Poe in Texas: "President Bush's commitment to driving perpetrators of terror back into their foxholes continues to bear fruit." Mmm... foxhole fruit.


Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2005 17:29:44 -0500

From: RSC


Contact: Skip Brown*

*February 2,





Washington, D.C. - Members of the House Republican Study Committee

issued the following statements in reaction to President Bush's State of

the Union address this evening:

"It takes a lot of courage for any politician to touch the so-called

'third rail of politics.' By laying out a vision for Social Security

reform that guarantees benefits for current retirees and creates

personal savings accounts for younger workers, President Bush has shown

that he's more concerned about preserving and improving the program than

he is about partisan political fallout."

- */ Rep. Jeff Flake, AZ-6/*

"As the leader of energy policy in Congress, I was encouraged by the

president's remarks regarding our need to decrease dependence on foreign

sources of oil. I am determined to fight on Capitol Hill for a

comprehensive energy policy that meets America's energy needs while

reducing our reliance on other nations for help, and look forward to the

support of the White House."

- ***/ Rep. Joe Barton, TX-6/*

"As President Bush made clear tonight, freedom is a priceless right.

Whether it is in the form of joyous new voters in Afghanistan and Iraq

or in the form of financial freedom here at home through responsible

Social Security reform and tax reform, freedom must be promoted and

defended. I share President Bush's bedrock embrace of freedom and his

desire to create an 'ownership society.' I look forward to working with

President Bush on policies that will enhance liberty and make the

American dream a reality for more people."

- ***/ Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, FL-25/*

"George Bush is a leader who has proven he is not afraid to tackle tough

issues head on. I look forward to working with the President to spread

freedom and hope around the world, strengthen families here at home, and

reform those programs that simply cannot meet the demands of tomorrow.

In the end, these policies will make our nation safer and stronger and

our future more secure."

- ***/ Rep. Joe Pitts, PA-16/*

"I agree with the President that there is a real need for responsible

reform of our broken social security system. I support creating

personal accounts that allow younger workers to invest a portion of

their contribution, while still protecting the benefits many seniors

depend on."

- ***/ Rep. Dan Burton, IN-5/*

"President Bush really made the case for bi-partisan support on a lot of

these issues. The things he discussed - strengthening Social Security,

making America safer, celebrating freedom - these aren't Republican or

Democratic issues, they're American issues. We've got a lot on our

plate this year, but I think the President's optimism will be contagious

and we'll accomplish a lot, too."

- ***/ Rep. Phil Gingrey, GA-11/*//

"I share the gratitude of the President - and the American people - for

the amazing job being done by the men and women of the United States

military who are fighting for freedom around the world. The success of

elections in Iraq and Afghanistan speaks to the courage of our men and

women in uniform and the Iraqi and Afghan people - and is an encouraging

step forward in the pursuit of freedom and democracy throughout the world."

- ***/ Rep. John Kline, MN-2/*//

"By speaking of his support for our troops and his determination to win

the war on terrorism, President Bush continued to provide the resolute

leadership that Americans need during a time of war. I'm proud and

supportive of President Bush's vision to keep our nation safer by

advancing freedom in the world."

- ***/ Rep. Joe Wilson, SC-2/*

"President Bush has set a bold second term domestic agenda and pledged

to continue the effort to protect and advance freedom across the globe.

Although this aggressive plan will likely encounter political

resistance, it is important to recognize that the President's leadership

will foster greater security for future generations, both at home and


- ***/ Rep. Tom Feeney, FL-24/*//

"The health of every American is important to me both as a congressman

and as a physician. President Bush's State of the Union Address has set

out a bold agenda. We are in a health care revolution poised to make

incredible changes. Through my work on the Energy and Commerce

Committee, I plan to make America's health care the standard by which

all others are judged."

- ***/ Rep. Michael C. Burgess, TX-26/*

"From continuing to wage the war on terror, to creating new

opportunities for every American, President Bush's State of the Union

Address serves as a blueprint for a new era of freedom, security and

prosperity. I look forward to working with the President as we forge

the policies that will move America forward."

- ***/ Rep. Connie Mack, FL-14/*

"Although politically perilous issues, energy, tax reform and social

security must be addressed; This President is obviously the right man

for that job. We can't confuse the seeming stoicism of the Democrats

with their obvious politics of obstruction that are stifling this

country from forward progression. The President's bold agenda in every

arena, including a comprehensive energy plan and urgent social security

reform, will save future generations from having to spend trillions of

dollars that could mean the vital difference between a bitter America

and a better America."

- ***/ Rep. George Radanovich, CA-19/*

"President Bush's commitment to driving perpetrators of terror back into

their foxholes continues to bear fruit. Just three days ago - amidst

intimidation, threats, and actual violence - the people of Iraq spoke

out against the past oppression of Saddam Hussein and his dynasty of

tyrants and spoke loudly for democracy. I was privileged to witness

first hand, during my visit to Iraq this weekend, the unfolding of

democracy that has resulted from the President's steadfast leadership

and dedication to extending freedom and liberty."

- ***/ Rep. Judge Ted Poe, TX-2/*


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