Senate Republicans argue president’s policies have caused nothing but destruction.

Chart_with_Downward_ArrowIn a preemptive strike ahead of Obama’s speech, Republicans blamed the president for sitting on three long-stalled free-trade agreements and said the economic crisis and unemployment had worsened under his administration.

“We don’t blame the president for problems he inherited, but we do believe he ought to accept responsibility for making our economy worse,” Senate Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander said at a news conference Wednesday, flanked by about a dozen GOP colleagues. “Unemployment is worse. Housing is down and debt is up. The number of jobs lost is worse.”

“And part of the problem is the president’s own policies have thrown a big, wet blanket over job creation in America.”

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Source: Scott Wong | POLITICO