Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama focused on the economy and Iraq, pushing their similar stimulus packages and calling the surge a failure. Mitt Romney took the opportunity to bash Washington, citing the inability to reach a deal on immigration or Social Security. Although John McCain didn’t release a formal statement, the speech’s content was fitting for his candidacy. The president emphasized the surge’s success and the need to rein in wasteful spending, both issues McCain cares deeply about. However, the lame-duck president’s seventh and final State of the Union was overshadowed by the day’s politicking, with Obama receiving Senator Ted Kennedy’s endorsement.
Candidates’ Responses to State of the Union