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The #SOTU speech is really boring, slow, lethargic - very hard to watch!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 13, 2016
Trump wasn’t the only Republican presidential candidate to bash the president’s speech.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who opted to skip the speech and instead held his own State of the Union-themed campaign event, also took to Twitter with a scathing review of the presidential address.
Tonight's speech was less a State of the Union and more a state of denial. #SOTU— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 13, 2016
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, who decided not to attend the president’s address, expressed his relief at not being in attendance.
I just yelled, "you lie" really loud. Good thing I'm not there. #SOTU— Dr. Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 13, 2016
Paul also issued a video response of his own, laying out what he would do differently as president, calling for a balanced budget, across the board spending cuts, and a strong defense of the Bill of Rights.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee compared the president’s oratory style to TSA pat downs and untreated rashes: “Painfully bad.”
Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson replied mockingly to the president on Twitter, criticizing Obama for "excessively" using executive actions.
"Our Founders distributed power between states and branches of government" & yet you Mr. President excessively issue Executive Orders. #SOTU— Dr. Ben Carson (@RealBenCarson) January 13, 2016
Ohio Gov. John Kasich looked ahead, issuing a statement to say he looks forward to giving a State of Union in eight years time that “describes a stronger, safer and more united America.”
“On-the-job training in this presidency has marched us down a trail of failure and left America weaker, divided and adrift. That’s going to end and by working together we’re going to fight, win and succeed," Kasich said in his statement.
And former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina said in a Facebook post that the president’s speech “again proved that he is a politician, not a leader. Instead of talking about solutions, he talked politics.”
“It is time to elect a leader who has been tested, who will see and speak and act on the truth. We need a President who will be a clear-eyed advocate for policies formed by principles, not by polls and politics,” Fiorina said.