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Kinzinger Response to President Obama’s Final State of the Union Address

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Washington, January 12, 2016 | Maura Gillespie (202-225-3635) | comments
Following President Obama’s final State of the Union Address to Congress this evening, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) released the following statement in response:
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WASHINGTON, DC – Following President Obama’s final State of the Union Address to Congress this evening, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) released the following statement in response:

“Above all else, we need leadership.  For the safety of our country, for the well-being of our allies, and for our future generations, we need leadership.  Tonight, the President spoke about what needs to be done in a broader vision for the future of our country.  He spoke of a more positive, accomplished narrative and listed some objectives for 2016.

“However, the President failed to mention what we will do to destroy the deadly threat of ISIS.  One of the most important objectives for 2016 is a comprehensive strategy to destroy terrorism and effectively create a concrete plan to ensure the protection of our citizens.  As the President said, the United States is the most powerful nation in the world.  It was deeply disappointing for the President to address Congress and the entire nation without a single mention of the 10 sailors held captive in Iran.  Frankly, that is unacceptable and our country deserves better.

“As Commander in Chief, the President needs to step up as a leader for our national security and as a leader to our allies.  The relationships with our allies in the Middle East need to be bolstered, our relationships with South Korea and Japan need to be strengthened, and now more than ever, we need to reassure our allies around the world that we are standing up against barbaric terrorism and are ready to defeat it. 

“While I certainly agree with the President’s call for a more united, cooperative government, my hope is that the President will come to Congress to let the People’s House work its will.  To force his agenda on the American people is not the way to go, and in bypassing Congress, the President would effectively be tossing out the Constitution and tossing out the very principles upon which this nation was founded upon. 

“I look forward to working to create a more positive and productive rhetoric here in D.C. and across the country.  I’m confident that under Speaker Ryan’s leadership we will be able to achieve a more confident America.”

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