Rep. Duncan skeptical of Obama's call for cuts

U.S. Rep. Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., objected to some of his colleagues' decision to sit next to someone from the other party during President Obama's State of the Union address tonight.

Duncan, whose 3rd Congressional District includes parts of Aiken and Edgefield counties, scoffed at the notion in a statement issued after Obama's address, saying, "when the federal government is 14 trillion dollars in debt, there are more important things to worry about than who you're sitting with at the State of the Union."

The freshman congressman added that he appreciated Obama being more open to working with Republicans, but he remained skeptical.

"The President campaigned two years ago on focusing his attention on job creation, but for two years his interests have been the government takeover of health care, empowering unions and regulating energy consumption," Duncan said in a news release. "I sincerely hope the President got the message from the American people in November and will join me in advocating for significant cuts to government spending."

Duncan added that Obama did address some spending reductions, but also "tried to ward off cuts to traditionally popular programs among liberals."

"As a country we can't spend our way out of debt" Duncan said. "The people of South Carolina want to see a real focus on lowering the national debt and getting spending under control. I'm just not sure if the President's idea of ‘significant' spending reductions matches up with the expectations of the American people."

 

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