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UPDATE: Warner, Webb, Perriello lukewarm on President Obama's State of the Union address

U.S. senators Mark R. Warner and Jim Webb and U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello, all Virginia Democrats, issued separate statements last night showing lukewarm support for President Obama's State of the Union address.

(They presented an interesting contrast with their colleagues across the river in Maryland, where Sen. Ben Cardin, and Reps. Steny Hoyer and Chris Van Hollen all issued high praise for Obama.)

Warner congratulated the president for proposing to make credit more available to small businesses -- "an initiative we proposed last fall."

But Warner said he was disappointed that he did not hear "a more robust approach" to addressing the nation's budget deficit. "I continue to be extremely disappointed in the Senate's unwillingness this week to support a bipartisan fiscal commission to address needed budget and entitlement reform."

Warner did not attend the speech at the Capitol last night as he was attending the funeral of his mother, who died last week at her Vernon, Conn., home after a long illness.

Perriello seemed even less impressed with both Obama's speech and the Republican response, delivered last night from Richmond by Republican Gov. Robert F. McDonnell. "Tonight, I heard our president talk about jobs," Perriello said. "I heard our governor talk about jobs. I won't stop until we turn this talk into real action and results for working families."

U.S. Sen. Jim Webb also weighed in with a brief statement. You be the judge whether it's approving or not: "The overriding objective of the president and the Congress over the next year must be to offer the kind of leadership that regains the confidence of the American people in our system, in our deliberative process, and above all in our leaders. With that in mind, my colleagues on both sides of the aisle should work ever harder to approach the issues that face us with less partisan maneuvering and a more genuine commitment to resolving the truly daunting challenges that now face working Americans."

U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly was more praising: "I applaud the President's call to rise above partisan posturing and address the need to reduce the deficit and focus on economic recovery. Northern Virginians will continue to benefit from investments in new technologies and infrastructure outlined by President Obama last night."

By Amy Gardner  |  January 28, 2010; 7:24 AM ET
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Gerald E. Connolly , James Webb , Mark Warner , Robert F. McDonnell , Tom Perriello  | Tags: Ben Cardin, Bob McDonnell, Chris Van Hollen, Jim Webb, Mark Warner, President Obama, State of the Union, Steny Hoyer, Tom Perriello  
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"Tonight, I heard our president talk about jobs," Perriello said. "I heard our governor talk about jobs. I won't stop until we turn this talk into real action and results for working families."

This coming from the Congressman who voted for the job killing cap and trade bill.

Posted by: va5thdistrict | January 28, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

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