Politics

Rep. Doug Lamborn to Boycott Obama's State of the Union Speech

| by Michael Allen

Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., says he is boycotting President Obama’s State of the Union address because of Obama's spending and reduction of spending.

Rep. Lamborn claims he respects the President, although last August he compared Obama to a "tar baby."

In a statement released by his office, Lamborn said he decided “to pass” on attending the speech on Tuesday night, though he will watch it on television and participate in a live chat hosted by the right wing group 'Heritage Action for America.'

“Congressman Lamborn does not support the policies of Barack Obama,” the statement said.

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Lamborn, who was first elected to represent Colorado’s 5th Congressional District in 2006, said he believes this year “the president is in full campaign mode and will use the address as an opportunity to bash his political opponents.”

In part of his statement, he attacks Obama for government spending and then attacks Obama for cutting government spending on defense:

"Congressman Lamborn is protesting Obama’s recent 'recess appointments' to the National Labor Relation’s Board and newly-created Consumer Protection Board. He is protesting Obama’s decision to reject the job-creating Keystone Pipeline.

"He is protesting the President’s draconian cuts to defense.Lamborn wants to send a strong, clear message that President Obama’s deficit spending cannot continue."