What they said: Georgia officials respond to Obama’s State of the Union

Here is what some of Georgia’s elected officials had to say about President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Republican of Georgia:

“I am pleased that President Obama is once again pivoting to jobs, but was disappointed in his larger message. Bigger government and more spending are not the keys to American prosperity. To create more jobs and a better quality of life for all Americans, we must tame our debt and deficit while getting our nation’s spending under control.”

U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, Republican of Georgia:

“The president talked about the need to improve our education system and to that end, I am glad that he is coming to Atlanta on Thursday to visit Georgia’s pre-k program as a shining example of state education improvement in this country. I emphasize ‘state education’ because the main role of government is at the local level and at the state level, not at the federal level. With the exception of our poorest kids and those with disabilities, there are really no federal roles in education, except to ensure the education of our children.”

U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, Democrat of DeKalb County

“What we saw tonight was a positive, bold plan to help create jobs by investing in education, infrastructure, clean energy and manufacturing – offset by new savings or revenues. I agree with President Obama – only a thriving middle class can stimulate long-term growth and Americans must be given the tools to succeed. For the sake of our children and our future, we must do more to combat climate change by pursuing bipartisan, market-based solutions that can help drive strong economic growth.”

U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, Athens Republican and candidate for U.S. Senate:

“Tonight the president stood before the American people to tell us there is nothing wrong with America that more taxes, spending and government cannot fix. As a constitutional conservative, I know that giving government more money and more power will have a devastating effect on job creation and our struggling economy. Georgians want a senator who will stand up to the president, his lapdog Harry Reid and the big spenders in Congress.”

U.S. Rep. Tom Price, Republican of Roswell:

“At a time when our nation faces extraordinary challenges, it would have been encouraging to hear President Obama put aside the divisive, tired rhetoric and demonstrate the kind of unifying leadership our country so desperately needs. Unfortunately, we saw more of the same – a refusal to acknowledge America’s dire financial outlook and the glaring absence of a plan to truly get our economy moving again.”