As you might expect, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown had positive things to say about President Obama’s 2nd inaugural speech. Brown is a democrat, and said he liked the President’s call for a modern economy that focuses on infrastructure, R&D and education. And he’s hopeful for more progress on expanding the middle class.
“I think the President’s understanding that you grow the economy not from the top down, you grow it from the middle class out, and I think that’s what the president’s inaugural address was about and I think that’s the way he wants to move the country," says Brown.
Ohio’s new 14th district Congressman David Joyce also weighed in. A Republican, Joyce says the nation’s debt and deficit are his number one concern, and that it will take a concerted effort by the President to work with Republicans to bring them down.
“We’ve all talk about working together," says Joyce. "Now obviously, the proof is in the pudding as we start moving into the 113th Congress. But the idea is… I don’t think there’s a good Democrat bill or Republican bill. If the bill is good to help put people to work and if it’s good to help serve the hardworking taxpayers of America, I’m all for it.”
David Joyce replaces Steve LaTourette, who served 18 years in the House. LaTourette was one of a dwindling number of moderate Republicans in Washington, and many are waiting to see if Joyce will follow his example.