Iowa Senator Joni Ernst said Republicans "heard the message you sent in November loud and clear," in her State of the Union rebuttal, but her speech competed for American ears and eyes with an array of unofficial GOP responses that began well before President Obama spoke.
“Americans have been hurting, but when we demanded solutions, too often Washington responded with the same stale mindset that led to failed policies like Obamacare," Ernst said. "It’s a mindset that gave us political talking points, not serious solutions."
She challenged Obama to sign legislation to fast-track the Keystone XL pipeline, a move the White House has said the president would veto, and urged Democrats to join the GOP in negotiating tax reform and passing trade deals.
“Congress is back to work on your behalf, ready to make Washington focus on your concerns again," she said.