Topeka Kansas Republicans on Tuesday said President Barack Obama's State of the Union address was more about politics than policy.
"I'm ready to work with the president and the Democratic leadership in the Senate, but there has to be a blueprint," said U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kansas. "There has to be a plan forward. There has to be leadership and results. Tonight we heard a campaign speech," he said.
Roberts said he wished Obama had laid out details on reducing regulations, reforming taxes for all Americans, promoting businesses, such as aviation companies, and reducing entitlement spending.
U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins, R-Topeka, said she was willing to work with Obama on bipartisan solutions but that his rhetoric was divisive.
"Rather than urging Americans to come together to tackle the challenges we face as a nation, the president seems content to stoke partisan disagreement and further divide the American people," said Jenkins, whose 2nd District includes west Lawrence.
"This may be effective rhetoric along the campaign trail, but even in a campaign year, I expect more out of a sitting president addressing Congress for a State of the Union," she said.
Obama urged Republicans and Democrats to work together but given the partisan battling, the political divide is expected by many to widen during this election year.
U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, blasted Obama, saying the president "is running from his record but there is nowhere to hide."