updated 2/25/2009 12:05:36 AM ET 2009-02-25T05:05:36

Some reaction's to President Barack Obama's speech to Congress Tuesday.

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"Republicans want to work with President Obama. We appreciate his message of hope — but sometimes it seems we look for hope in different places. Democratic leaders in Washington place their hope in the federal government. We place our hope in you — the American people. In the end, it comes down to an honest and fundamental disagreement about the proper role of government." — Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La.

"As President Obama made clear tonight, there is still a lot of work to do to get our country back on track. But better days do lie ahead. ... I have full confidence that he will make the investments and choices necessary to put us on the path to fiscal responsibility and keep the American dream alive." — Gov. Tim Kaine, D-Va., Democratic National Committee chairman.

"The Democratic leadership in Congress must be willing to work with Republicans to stop out-of-control spending, promote the creation of jobs, and to keep our troops properly funded. Now would be a good time for this young Administration to ask the Democrat leaders in Congress to actually consider working in a bipartisan way to solve the real problems Americans are facing." — Michael Steele, Republican National Committee chairman.

"There is opportunity in every crisis and President Obama is right to seize our global economic emergency as a time to lay a more solid foundation for our nation's growth." — Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, R-Calif.

"President Obama gave the country a refreshingly realistic assessment of the challenges we face, and shared his strong vision for how we are going to work together to make things better for struggling Americans." — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

"I couldn't agree more with his assessment that while our country is facing great challenges, we also have the opportunity for great successes. ... But more important than anything President Obama says tonight is what the budget he unveils will look like." — Rep. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

"Tonight, President Obama set forth a powerful vision for our country and an agenda for change that deserves the support of all Americans. The President's unwavering commitment to enacting health care reform this year makes clear that at long last we will achieve quality, affordable health care for all Americans. I am grateful for the President's commitment to national service and his generous comments about me." — Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass.

"We want to do everything that we can to work with the President but he's got to stop spending money we don't have. Washington is robbing our children's future. The President needs to back off the notion of centralized government planning. " — Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Ga.

"President Obama is exactly the kind of leader we need in the face of our nation's significant challenges. What we heard tonight was a president who makes it his responsibility to talk straight with the American people and who has a vision for how we can renew the American Dream for the 21st Century." — Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J.

"The urgency and tone we heard from President Obama tonight is appreciated. The president has offered an ambitious agenda and demonstrated that he recognizes the challenges before us." — Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga.

"Tonight, President Obama renewed his commitment to getting this nation on the path toward economic recovery, and he understands this means we must reinvest in our workforce, increase accountability and responsibility, and make a tectonic change in how we produce and use energy." — Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash.

"I agree with the president that we need to address education and energy, housing and health care, but right now the American public is hungry for details. How will these grand plans get our economy back on track? When will we see results? Who's going to end up paying for all this new spending? Unfortunately tonight we didn't get those answers." — Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas.

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