(CNSNews.com) – The first State of the Union address of President Obama's second term was too partisan and failed to address the nation’s economic problems, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told CNSNews.com.
“I think the president missed a real opportunity tonight to reach across the aisle, to find bipartisan cooperation on productive steps to get our economy going and get people back to work,” Cruz said. “Instead he chose to embrace unabashed liberalism.”
Cruz, elected in November, said: "It seems the president only knows how to grow government. He doesn’t know how to grow the economy.”
Cruz said that under President Obama, the U.S. economy has grown 0.8 percent a year -- a fraction of the historical average of 3.3 percent since World War II: Nevertheless, Obama "proposed more and more spending, more and more debt, higher and higher taxes and more government control of the economy in our lives."
“If the president’s big government policies that he proposed tonight were enacted, the result would be that it would make it harder for the 23 million people who are struggling to find a job to get work,” Cruz continued.
“The policies of President Obama are not working, and I think that it is unfortunate that tonight he proposed doubling down on those same failed policies instead of rolling up his sleeves and working in a bipartisan manner to get the economy going and to get people back to work.”