“It’s not fair and it’s not true for the president to attack Republicans in Congress as obstacles on these questions,” Daniels said in prepared speech excerpts. “They and they alone have passed bills to reduce borrowing, reform entitlements and encourage new job creation, only to be shot down nearly time and again by the president and his Democrat Senate allies.”
Daniels, who considered a run for president last year, said Obama is to blame for the divisions on Capitol Hill.
“No feature of the Obama presidency has been sadder than its constant efforts to divide us, to curry favor with some Americans by castigating others,” the governor said.
Daniels took a bleaker view of the country’s current state than did Obama.
“When President Obama claims that the state of our union is anything but grave, he must know in his heart that this is not true,” he said.
Still, Daniels seemed to acknowledge that Republicans have to put concrete policy prescriptions on the table in order to defeat Obama in November.
“An opposition that would earn its way back to leadership must offer not just criticism of failures that anyone can see, but a positive and credible plan to make life better,” he said. He noted that Republicans would push tax reform and changes to entitlements.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.