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.
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.
Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson replied mockingly to the president on Twitter, criticizing Obama for "excessively" using executive actions.
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.