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State Of The Union Speech 2012 Prompts Outpouring Of Political Reaction (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 01/24/2012 11:25 pm   Updated: 01/24/2012 11:28 pm

President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday night prompted an outpouring of reaction from both sides of the aisle in the political community.

From lawmakers on Capitol Hill to candidates competing for the Republican presidential nomination, it didn't take long for leading political figures to weigh in.

HuffPost's Jen Bendery reports:

Obama laid out some notable new policy proposals, including the creation of a new international minimum tax on U.S. companies making profits overseas; the launching of a new trade enforcement unit that would target unfair trade practices in countries around the world, including China; and a plan to shift federal aid away from colleges that don't keep down tuition costs. He also announced that the Defense Department will make history's largest renewable energy purchase -- totaling 1 gigawatt. The president can use his executive power to make the last item happen.

Below, a slideshow of reactions from politicians to Obama's speech.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio)
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"Job creation is the driving issue for working families, but President Obama largely ignored the fact that his own failed policies are making our economy worse. Unable to run on his record, the president has regrettably turned to blame and division when what's needed is a united effort to promote small business job creation.

"As someone who's run a small business, I heard little tonight in the way of new ideas or a plan to remove government barriers that are hurting private-sector job creation, only more of the same. Republicans have a Plan for America's Job Creators - an alternative to the president's failed policies - and it's time for Senate Democrats to allow a vote on our bipartisan jobs bills. Republicans will also continue pushing for the Keystone project, which the president did not mention tonight despite his recent decision to destroy 20,000 American jobs.

"It's always an honor to welcome the President of the United States for the State of the Union. I only wish, with so many still asking 'where are the jobs?,' that the president had honored the people's desire for results and accountability. In stark contrast, Governor Mitch Daniels told it like it is, and made clear the challenges we face require honesty, leadership, and solutions that get government out of the way so our economy can get back to creating jobs."
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