Congressman G.K. Butterfield, a Democratic Representative for the 1st district of North Carolina released this take on the State of the Union.
"I fully agree with President Obama’s central message – Congress must focus its full attention on jobs and the economy. I also strongly support President Obama’s call to take responsibility for our deficits, invest only in what makes America stronger and to reform our government so that it’s leaner and more efficient.
In the end, this Congress’ success will be measured by whether it creates jobs, strengthens the middle class and reduces the deficit. These problems affect all Americans, and as such we must – absolutely must – all work together to meet these challenges."
Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) released the following statement in response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address:
“Our nation continues to be confronted with many tough challenges, and President Obama touched on many of these difficult issues tonight. Like the president, I believe that North Carolina and our nation can and will overcome these challenges by working together. In order to turn around our economy we must empower individuals, families, and small business, not expand the size of government and increase taxes. The president took a step in the right direction tonight by suggesting a lower corporate tax rate, but if he intends to couple this with a tax increase on the American people, then it is a non-starter.
“I applaud the president’s call for fiscal responsibility, and I could not agree more. However, these are mere words until we make the difficult choices necessary to begin paying off our enormous national debt. Calling it an investment does not change the fact it is nothing more than new spending that our nation cannot afford. The American people sent a clear message last November that they want spending to be cut, not frozen at the current, inflated levels like the president suggested tonight. We must stop the out-of-control spending in Washington or our economy will be no better off, and future generations will suffer the consequences.
“Lastly, I am proud of our troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have done a tremendous job in difficult circumstances, and they deserve all the support we can give them - both while they are serving on active duty, and when they return home from combat.”
Below is a statement from Gov. Perdue after the president's State of the Union address.
"The President tonight called for America to find a new focus on how we grow jobs and educate our children in a 21st century, global economy. Here in North Carolina, we have already embraced this way of thinking.
"Today we must not just welcome innovation, but incentivize it; we must not only encourage new industry clusters but actively grow them. In North Carolina, innovation and new industries are in green energy, military, aerospace and biotech.
"But we must not forget that our ability to truly carry out this kind of economic vision will hinge on how well we do one, single thing: educate our children. They are our future workforce, the thinkers and doers who will carry this state forward on the foundation we pour today. If we are to own the future, we must start with them."