3rd District Congressman Says President Missed The Mark In State Of Union Address

By Jeff Neumeyer

January 25, 2012 Updated Jan 25, 2012 at 7:27 PM EDT

INDIANA, (Indiana's NewsCenter) --- Northeast Indiana's representative in Congress says the President's State of the Union Address amounted to a missed opportunity in charting a course for fixing the nation's biggest challenges.

Third District Republican Congressman Marlin Stutzman credited President Obama with having the gift for delivering an inspiring speech, but Stutzman went on to refer to Obama as a cheerleader sitting on the sidelines.

He says right now we don’t need a cheerleader, but leadership on the field.

Part of the President's speech had to do with devising a better tax system, one that makes sure everybody, including the rich, pays his or her fair share.

Stutzman agrees we do need tax reform, but he believes President Obama's ideas are doing more harm than good.

U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman/(R) Indiana 3rd District: " He’s really dividing America up into classes and I think we need to look at a fairer, simpler, less convoluted tax policy and a tax structure, rather than the complicated system that we have now."

Stutzman claims we really needed to get a detailed plan from the President for reducing the national debt, and that was missing.

He also criticized President Obama for saying he’s in favor of an “all of the above energy policy", then declining to grant a permit for the Keystone Pipeline out of Canada, which many Republicans believe would create jobs and help us become less dependent on foreign oil.

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