Senate Majority Leader McConnell says GOP wants "substance" from Obama's SOTU address

 Alexander Bolton --- The Hill 

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) predicted Tuesday that President Obama’s State of the Union address will set the tone for the next two years, saying Americans are “hungry for substance and accomplishment.”

He warned Obama that a speech devoted to rallying the Democratic Party’s base would dampen the prospects for enacting bipartisan legislation before the 2016 election.

“Tonight is a big moment for the president and for our country,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “The tone he strikes and the issues he highlights will tell us a lot about what to expect in his presidency’s final act.”

Republicans say they hope Obama will try to engage with them on free-trade legislation and tax reform and have expressed alarm that the president is instead touting tax and fee increases on wealthy families and banks and free community college for millions of lower- and middle-income students.

“The American people aren’t demanding talking point proposals designed to excite the base, but not designed to pass,” McConnell said. “What they said they’re hungry for is substance and accomplishment.”

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