Surprise: TN Democrats Liked Obama Speech, Republicans Didn’t

President Barack Obama’s $447 billion jobs plan received a lukewarm reaction from Tennessee’s lawmakers Thursday nigh, according to a roundup of reaction by Gannet newspapers in the state.
Democratic Rep. Jim Cooper of Nashville said the president “made a good high-energy speech to get America back on track,” but the state’s Republican lawmakers reacted more critically.
…Sen. Lamar Alexander, the No. 3 Republican in the Senate, said the president’s policies “have thrown a big, wet blanket over job creation in this country and, unfortunately, I didn’t hear much in his speech tonight that will change that.”
Republican Rep. Stephen Fincher of Frog Jump said he was “disappointed this evening to hear that the president’s plan to tackle unemployment rates was largely more of the same.
” And Republican Rep. Phil Roe of Johnson City called the address “very partisan.”
“I saw a lot of finger-pointing in our direction during that speech,” he said.

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