Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union Address

January 21, 2015
Press Release
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) today released the following statement in reaction to President Obama’s State of the Union Address:

“Rather than focus on words tonight, we should focus on what is ahead for our nation.

“Growing our economy, and truly building a strong middle class, must drive our legislative agenda.  I agree with the President's focus on building the 21st century infrastructure that our businesses and communities need - more modern airports, stronger bridges, and the fastest internet.  This is something that Democrats and Republicans can agree on.  

“America also needs true Wall Street reform, which begins with reinstating Glass-Steagall.  The financial stability of our nation depends on serious efforts to prevent Wall Street from making risky investments at taxpayer expense.  The focus must always be on the needs of Main Street; we must prevent big banks from gambling with the well–being of our nation.

“Finally, national security is top of mind for people across the country.  The President was right to come to Congress tonight and ask for authorization to use military force against ISIS; my concern however is that the Administration still has not accurately identified our enemy, nor have they clearly articulated what the strategy will be to defeat this enemy.  A reality of war is that if you don't know and understand your enemy, you cannot defeat them.  To protect the American people, we must acknowledge that 9/11, as well as the recent violent attacks in Paris, and elsewhere around the world, are rooted in Islamic extremism.  This is as much an ideological war as it is a military war, and we have to understand what that ideology is before we can defeat it.  This is not just about one group called ISIS, or another group called al Qaeda – this is about an overall threat posed by this radical Islamic extremist agenda.  Once we understand this, then we can come up with an effective strategy to defeat this threat.”

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