Oklahoma ties: State's congressional delegates react to State of the Union speech

Members of Oklahoma's all-Republican congressional delegation responded Tuesday to President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech.
Oklahoman Published: February 13, 2013
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• Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne: “I was disappointed President Obama failed to present a plan to prevent sequestration from going into effect in the coming months. While we are still fighting a war in Afghanistan, our country cannot allow harmful spending cuts to our national defense. In Oklahoma's Third Congressional District, we have Altus and Vance Air Force bases, which both play a vital role in protecting the United States. Our country depends on these military installments and a strong national defense to protect each and every American citizen. We must do everything possible to prevent automatic cuts to our military from occurring.”

• Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville: “President Obama paid lip service to ‘reasonable compromise.' In fact, what he considers reasonable is more of the same tax-and-spend policies that have gotten us where we are today. These policies undermine the core American values of hard work and accountability, and instead replace them with a mentality of government dependency.”

Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau

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by Chris Casteel
Washington Bureau
Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. After covering the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City, he moved to Washington in 1990, where...
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