Republican presidential hopefuls responded to President Barack Obama's final State of the Union address Tuesday with objections to just about everything: from his policy proposals at home and abroad to his record in office and even the length of time the president spoke.
But most of all, the men and woman who hope to succeed him in the White House in 2017 were grateful he would soon be vacating it.
"The last seven years of Barack Obama have been disastrous," U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) said.
"Eight years from now I look forward to giving a State of the Union address that describes a stronger, safer and more united America," added Ohio Gov. John Kasich in a statement.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Obama's speech was "less secure" than the day he took office, adding that "his legacy will be leading from behind."
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) called the speech "less a State of the Union and more a state of denial." He said the country needed "a strong conservative who can win because we don’t need 4 or 8 more years of these policies."
Carly Fiorina said Obama "once again proved that he is a politician, not a leader. Instead of talking about solutions, he talked politics."
Real estate mogul Donald Trump, however, took issue with the length of the president's speech.
U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), who was not present for the speech, said he was yelling at his television, a reference to an infamous exclamation by GOP South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson while Obama was speaking in the House chamber in September 2009.
And former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee compared the speech to an airport security screening.
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