Local lawmakers respond to President Obama's speech

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX 19) - Responses to President Barack Obama's speech in Cincinnati Thursday came from both sides of the aisle with hours of his closing remarks.

Here is what some local lawmakers had to say:

Speaker of The House, John Boehner: "Like everyone in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, I know how important the Brent Spence Bridge is to our region. I've long supported replacing the bridge and I'm pleased the President is bringing attention to this much needed project," "But, you know, now is not the time for the President to go into campaign mode.">

Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY):"If you really want to help our state, then come back to Washington and work with Republicans on legislation that will actually do something that will revive our economy and create jobs and forget the political theater."

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH): "This is important for 2 reasons. It puts people to work, building a bridge, manufacturing steel. In Ohio we hope to build these bridges. It also sets a long term table foundation for economic development.">

Senator Rob Portman (R-OH):  "I think there's some things in the president's proposal we may be able to work with... but it's not constructive when he does not lay out a way to pay for it at a time when we have record deficits and record debt."

In a statement released by Kentucky Democratic Governor, Steve Beshear, the governor reminded the President that "deteriorating infrastructure is just one more example of what happens when Washington keeps playing partisan games and ignores the real needs of citizens." Beshear went on to say, "we cannot afford to keep delaying repairs that stymie economic growth."

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