Politics

Ted Cruz Likens State Of The Union Address To 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

As President Barack Obama gears up to make his State of the Union address tonight, Republican Senator Ted Cruz seems to think the speech is, almost literally, a laughing matter.

According to Politico, a reporter asked Cruz how he felt about the topics that might be addressed in the State of the Union address, including new fees for big banks. Cruz responded that President Obama sounds a lot like Christopher Walken’s "Saturday Night Live" character, who only suggests adding “more cowbell” to improve a musical performance

“To every problem his solution was, ‘more cowbell, more cowbell,” Cruz said. “This president, to every problem his solution is ‘more taxes, more government.’”

Cruz added that he would wait and listen to the speech before passing judgement, but he seemed unimpressed by the possibility of Obama addressing his new tax plan and environmental issues. “He’s not listening to the voters, but like Christopher Walken’s [character] he’s saying ‘more cowbell, more cowbell,’” Cruz said.

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According to NPR, the State of the Union Address, which begins at 9 p.m. ET, will focus on the middle class. Though the unemployment rate has fallen to 5.8% and the economy is growing, Obama plans to focus on working-class voters "who haven't seen enough progress economically in their own lives.”

President Obama will also discuss his new tax program, which is said to favor the middle class, education reform and income inequality.

Sources: Politico, NPR Image via Jamelle Bouie/Flickr