PBS NewsHour Capitol Hill producer Linda J. Scott spoke with lawmakers from both parties at the U.S. Capitol immediately following President Obama’s State of the Union address for reactions to the speech.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said it started a conversation on whether the U.S. should subsidize big business and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said it reminded America that “we do big things.”
House Republicans Mike Pence of Indiana and Phil Gingrey of Georgia took a different view – Pence said that he thought the president appeared to be committing to more government and spending, while Gingrey said Republicans have serious differences in opinion from Mr. Obama and the Democrats on how to grow jobs and reform health care.
Watch the interviews below:
Rep. Mike Pence, R-Ind.
Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio
Rep. Phil Gingrey, R-Ga.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.