SOTU: Reactions From Statuary Hall

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By Andrew Noyes, National Journal’s Beltway Blogroll

Rep. Christopher Shays, R-Conn., On Iraq:

”Either we get out of Iraq or we do what people have been asking for a long time. New leadership and a new strategy. We have new leadership, we have a new strategy. The last thing I think we want is for Congress to micromanage the war. We have one commander in chief.”

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. On Economy & Immigration:

“I appreciated that the president talked about the economy first—that he brought attention to the issue of spending. This is an administration that has spent too much. I’m concerned that he wants comprehensive immigration reform because I don’t agree with him on that. I think you secure the borders first, then you address your visa issues and your employer issues, but you do it one step at a time.”

Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., On Being ‘Underwhelmed:’

“I’m underwhelmed. He didn’t really say anything new. We want some answers. I’m not convinced that he has his arms around [the war]. I left kind of disappointed that we didn’t really hear a president who could convince us that he really was in charge of this war.”

SOTU: Reactions From Statuary Hall

Updated