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February 13, 2013 8:57 AM
McConnell: Obama speech "pedestrian," Rubio "best communicator since Ronald Reagan"
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Today on The Laura Ingraham Show, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reacted to both President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and Senator Marco Rubio’s Republican response.

McConnell panned Obama’s speech, saying, “It was a not a fun evening, I have to admit. I had to listen to a pedestrian, liberal President talk about gun control, cap and trade, tax increases, spending programs… he talked about energy and didn’t mention the Keystone pipeline… It was a straight liberal orthodoxy, one line after another.”

On the other hand, when Laura asked for his reaction to Rubio’s speech, McConnell gave him a glowing review. “I thought it was terrific. Upbeat, optimistic, reminding everyone what made America great. I think Marco is the best communicator we’ve had since Ronald Reagan.”

McConnell laughed off the amount of attention given to Rubio’s awkward grab for a bottle of water. “It was no big deal. Marco sips water! He did when he made his great speech down at the [Republican National] Convention.”

He accused liberals of trying to distract from the substantive points Rubio made in the speech. “If the left is making something out of it, it’s simply because they want to divert attention away from his core message, which was inspiring.”

McConnell admitted that he hadn’t managed to watch fellow Republican Senator from Kentucky Rand Paul’s Tea Party response, but promised to read the transcript later. “We’re proud of him in Kentucky, and I think he’s making a positive difference for our state and the nation.”

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