Senator Salazar Reacts To State Of The Union

Colorado Senator Ken Salazar offered his remarks following President Bush's State of the Union Address Tuesday night.

The President brushed on many topics during the speech, one of which was renewable energy, which could very well impact Colorado directly.

"I was glad to hear the President put energy independence on the national agenda in a more robust way than he has in the past. I have heard the President call for the last six years; yet, he has funded alternative fuels and conservation at lower levels today than in 2001. Therefore, the President must match his words with action and enact bipartisan legislation we have introduced which significantly surpass his goals," Salazar said.

Bush also mentioned the troop surge, where more than 20,000 additional troops will be sent to help the Iraqi government step into power.

However, Salazar says the plan has flaws.

"I was disappointed with the President's discussion on Iraq. The American people have never been clearer that we need a new direction to achieve success in Iraq. Unfortunately, the President's plan to escalate the war in Iraq will not lead to success, and I oppose it," Salazar said.

With an agricultural background, Salazar says that the President left an important part of America out of his speech.

"The President again missed the opportunity to address the forgotten America: our farmers and ranchers. I will continue to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to revitalize the backbone of our nation," Salazar said.