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President Obama Mentions Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn During State Of The Union Speech

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President Obama during his State of the Union speech before Congress Tuesday President Obama during his State of the Union speech before Congress Tuesday
Senator Jim Inhofe reacting to President Obama's speech. Senator Jim Inhofe reacting to President Obama's speech.

President Obama made a special mention of Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn during his third State of the Union address Tuesday night.

The president was talking about the need to change the tax code so he and other members of Congress paid what he considers to be a "fair share" when it comes to taxes.

President Obama wants to follow the so-called "Buffett Rule" which says that if someone makes more than a million dollars a year he or she should pay at least 30 percent in taxes.

"My Republican friend Tom Coburn is right; Washington should stop subsidizing millionaires. In fact, if you're earning a million dollars a year, you shouldn't get special tax subsidies or deductions," said President Barack Obama.

The president also spoke about education, job training and clean energy programs.

Two members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation reacted to the President's speech. Republican Congressman John Sullivan says the president hasn't fulfilled promises he's made in the past State of the Union addresses.

"President Obama's lectures on fiscal responsibility and economic growth ring hollow, as it's been 1,000 days since his own party even bothered to pass a budget. From the Solyndra debacle to the trillion dollar failed stimulus bill – he has driven our economy off a cliff. If the President truly wants to create an economy that is built to last, House Republicans have passed 28 bipartisan job creating bills that are collecting dust waiting for his leadership so they can move forward."

Oklahoma Republican Senator Jim Inhofe reacted on his YouTube page, saying President Obama's State of the Union speech was too political.

"Tonight we heard President Obama's last State of the Union Address before the 2012 election. It was a campaign stump speech, and it is clear that President Obama believes the best way to keep his job is to continue to promote class warfare in America and blame Republicans in Congress. Not surprisingly, he took credit for successes that he has actively fought against."

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