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GOP response: Nation can't afford Democrats' spending

WASHINGTON - The nation cannot afford the spending Democrats have enacted or the tax increases they propose, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said in the Republican response to the State of the Union address.

McDonnell said Democratic policies are resulting in an unsustainable level of debt. He said Americans want affordable health care, but they don't want the government to run it.

"Today, the federal government is simply trying to do too much," McDonnell said in prepared remarks. "In the past year, over 3 million Americans have lost their jobs, yet the Democratic Congress continues deficit spending, adding to the bureaucracy, and increasing the national debt on our children and grandchildren."

McDonnell delivered the GOP response live from the Virginia House of Delegates after President Barack Obama's speech.

Republicans have been emboldened following a string of GOP victories at the polls. Since then, Obama has amped up his populist rhetoric and promised a renewed focus on job creation.

Republicans said they want Obama to change more than rhetoric, complaining a $787-billion economic stimulus package enacted last year did not do enough to increase employment.

And they oppose Obama's plan to let income tax cuts expire next year for families making more than $250,000 a year.

"This isn't about a pivot in terms of his message," said House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio). "I think that most Americans know that actions speak louder than words."

In a new twist for Republicans, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) was to tape a Spanish-language version of the GOP response for Spanish-language media.

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