WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s first State of the Union Address:

“President Obama reaffirmed to the American people tonight that he is fighting for the middle class. His speech draws a clear contrast to the previous administration’s eight years of economic policies that saw wages fall, jobs shipped overseas, and left our economy on the brink of collapse. This happened because the fox was guarding the chicken coops – from Wall Street to K Street.

“Tonight, President Obama outlined a clear path forward.  With the President’s continued commitment to reinvigorating our nation’s economy and Ohio’s strengths, we will emerge as a formidable force in the 21st century economy.
“Ohio has a rich manufacturing heritage and a history of innovation driven by cutting-edge entrepreneurs. We need to ensure that small businesses have the credit and resources they need to expand operations and create jobs. We need to help manufactures retool for the clean energy economy. Tonight, President Obama outlined ways we can invest in our state’s strengths while ensuring that our workers and businesses are prepared for the 21st Century economy.

“One thing’s clear – we must put failed economic policies behind us. We cannot afford any distractions when it comes to rebuilding our economy and putting people back to work. President Obama showed tonight why a government that reports to Main Street – rather than Wall Street – will turn our economy around.”