SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - The Democratic member of South Dakota's congressional delegation says President Barack Obama is taking the country in the right direction, but the two Republican members say Obama's State of the Union address did not show leadership.
Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson says he likes Obama's focus on jobs, the middle class and renewable energy, though he says he's disappointed the president didn't mention the farm bill during his Tuesday night speech.
Republican Rep. Kristi Noem and Sen. John Thune say Obama failed to offer solutions to out-of-control spending and the nation's debt. Thune says Obama needs to get serious about solving the nation's problems.
In North Dakota, The Republican members of North Dakota's congressional delegation say the approach to the nation's debt problem that President Barack Obama outlined in his State of the Union address won't get the job done.
Sen. John Hoeven says in a statement that more taxes, more spending and more regulation won't work. Rep. Kevin Cramer tells The Dickinson Press that he doesn't think Obama recognizes the extent of the debt crisis and out-of-control spending.
Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp says in a videotaped response that she hopes Obama's speech Tuesday night is "the beginning of a dialogue" and that bipartisanship will prevail.