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Published January 26 2011

State of the Union: What they said

“I was pleased with President Obama’s emphasis on returning civility to our political discourse and his call for working in a bipartisan fashion. The president was also right to call for a bipartisan solution to the nation’s long-term debt crisis. Democrats and Republicans must find a way to come together on this critical challenge.”

– U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D.

“It was a terrific speech. Under President Obama’s leadership, our country is on its way to a new era in which we will lead the world into the 21st century through public-private partnerships in innovation, research, education and infrastructure. My goal is for all of us in Minnesota to work together so that our state will once again lead our country into this new era.”

– Gov. Mark Dayton, DFL-Minn.

“Job creation needs to be job No. 1. We need to create the kind of business environment that will empower small businesses to grow the economy and create jobs to get the 15 million men and women who are unemployed in this country back to work. At the same time, we have to not only hold the line on spending, as the president proposed, but find savings and reduce the debt and deficit.”

– U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D.