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Lee on SOTU: ‘A Spending Speech’

Sen. Mike Lee (R., Utah) tells National Review Online that he liked certain aspects of President Obama’s speech — namely his support for an earmark ban – but as someone who was elected last November on a message of greater financial restraint in Washington, Lee was a tad perplexed.

“To me it sounded a lot more like a spending speech than a cutting speech,” he says. “The president talked about all the investments he is going to make, which I understood to mean more spending. That’s not what the American people want to see.”

“All the areas he mentioned – transportation, education, innovation – can do good for people,” he continues. “But it’s not a question of how much can we buy with an endless pool of money, it’s a question of whether we have the money to spent on these problems and whether the federal government should be funding them to begin with.”

Lee says he hasn’t had a chance to see the responses from Reps. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) and Michele Bachmann (R., Minn.) but that he looks forward to hearing what they had to say.

Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...


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