Local GOP and Dems React to Bush Address

By: Lisa Ferrari Email
By: Lisa Ferrari Email

January 24, 2007

According to a CBS news poll, most Americans are skeptical of the goals the president unveiled during his State of the Union Address Tuesday night.

Local Republicans and Democrats weighed in on the president's domestic agenda.

In his sixth State of the Union Address, President Bush tried to rally the country to his side.

“There are a lot of people who elected him in 2004 because they believe in his policies,” said Albemarle County Republican Amber Vervalin.

“Unfortunately, our president still doesn't get it,” said Charlottesville Democrat Russ Linden.

Both Democrats and Republicans applaud the president for trying to deal with domestic issues, but are divided over whether his plans will work.

“I know best. My way or the highway,” Linden said was Bush’s attitude.

Bush's arrogance, said Linden, allowed him to spring a health care plan without consulting either party.

“Now, unfortunately neither Republicans nor Democrats will work with him on it,” said Linden

However, there may be some compromise when it comes to Bush's plan to slash gasoline consumption.

“If we are really interested in getting off of our foreign oils we need to increase our stock piles here,” said Vervalin.

“Sometimes, you have to have a stretch goal. If you only get half way there, it’s still an improvement,” said Linden.

Another improvement Democrats said is Bush's stance on immigration. The president wants to toughen border security and create a temporary worker program.

“This is the one proposal where there really is some chance for success,” said Linden.

“Perhaps there will be some compromise legislation coming out of Congress,” said Vervalin.

Compromise seems to be the operative word and perhaps there will be some give and take, but both parties agree not to agree when it comes to Iraq.

The CBS poll also showed that 81% think the president struck the right balance in his State of the Union Address between domestic issues and the war in Iraq.

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