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Voters, area lawmakers react to State of the Union

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BATON ROUGE- The president urged Congress to strengthen the middle class, boost job creation and promised to cut the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan in half within a year.

"It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country - the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love," President Obama said.

Reaction was mixed among voters in the Capital City.

"It sounds nice, but we haven't seen an example," said Robert Sutton, responding to the president's claim about making government smarter.

"Government record of being smart is not very good."

Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu praised the president for getting serious about creating jobs.

"While this recession is in our rearview mirror, we still need to do a lot of work to fully put it behind us," Landrieu said.

But, Republican Senator David Vitter slammed the president: "everything he's talking about is the same-old, same-old - more government programs and 'investment,’ code word for spending," Vitter said.

Congressman Bill Cassidy, a Republican, said there is a spending problem in Washington, D.C.

Congressman Cedric Richmond, a Democrat, said "I applaud President Obama for further articulating his vision and priorities for the American people. His focus has been steadfast and driven by the belief that we must stabilize our middle class if we want to thrive as a country."

"President Obama doubled down on failed policies from the past while outlining his shortsighted vision for the future," Governor Bobby Jindal said after watching the State of the Union.

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