WASHINGTON (RNN) - The race for the White House is clearly on, as Republican Mitch Daniels delivered a critical response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.
"In word and deed, the president and his allies tell us that we just cannot handle ourselves in this complex, perilous world without their benevolent protection. Left to ourselves, we might pick the wrong health insurance, the wrong mortgage, the wrong school for our kids," the Indiana governor said. "Why, unless they stop us, we might pick the wrong light bulb."
Daniels said the saddest feature of Obama's presidency was its constant efforts to divide the American people.
"As in previous moments of national danger, we Americans are all in the same boat. If we drift quarreling and paralyzed over a Niagara of debt, we will all suffer, regardless of income, race, gender or other category," Daniels said.
He also labeled Obama's attacks on Republicans as obstacles to financial reform as "unfair."
"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 said.
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