Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement tonight following the Presidents State of the Union Address:
"President Bushs words tonight were polished and his tone resolute. But that is precisely the problem. His rhetoric bears little resemblance to the harsh reality of his real agenda. That agenda will be reflected in the federal budget that he submits next week, which must outline our national priorities and values.
"Americans tuned in tonight in the hope of getting straight answers to their most urgent questions -- what is the justification for putting American lives at risk in Iraq now? What are the next steps in the war against terrorism? How can we jump start the economy and make the American Dream real for all our people?
"President Bush used strong words, demonstrating once again that Saddam Hussein is a menace, and made a convincing case for disarming Iraq. But he did not make a convincing case that the use of force now is the only way to disarm Iraq, or that removing Saddam from power would guarantee that a new regime would not pursue the same policies. The clear and present danger that our country faces is terrorism, and the President did not explain how a war with Iraq would not compromise our efforts against terrorists.
"Americans also wanted to hear real solutions to our pressing domestic challenges and a real strategy to make our economy stronger. Instead, the President continued to promote his misguided economic plan of massive tax cuts for the wealthy, which will not create jobs.
"As Democrats, our priorities are the safety and soundness of the American people. We must keep our homeland safe, and our economy sound. We have a plan to stimulate the economy now, and we will fight to invest in education, to provide access to quality health care for all Americans, and to protect our cherished environment.
"The true verdict on the State of the Union comes not from the Presidents
words tonight, but from the American people in the days and weeks ahead. It
is the state of their families, their homes and their communities that will
decide what the State of our Union is."
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