Republican presidential candidates responded to President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union address on Jan. 12, voicing their objections to several aspects of his speech.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas called the speech “less a State of the Union and more a state of denial” and added that the country needed “a strong conservative who can win because we don’t need 4 or 8 more years of these policies."
Carly Fiorina stressed that Obama proved he was a “politician, not a leader.”
“Instead of talking about solutions, he talked politics,” she said.
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Front-runner Donald Trump focused his criticism on the length of Obama’s speech, calling it “really boring, slow, lethargic” and “very hard to watch.”
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley gave the official Republican response to the address, and in the process indirectly criticized Trump for his rhetoric towards Muslims and immigrants. Haley is the daughter of Indian immigrants.
“During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation,” she said.
Right-wing conservatives and Trump supporters, including conservative commentator Ann Coulter, slammed Haley’s address -- with Coulter tweeting that Haley should be “deported” by Trump, reported Salon.