Murphy says he would have liked more bipartisanship in Obama’s speechby George Bennett | February 12th, 2013
Freshman U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, applauded President Barack Obama for focusing on the economy and a long-term budget deal during the State of the Union speech tonight.
But the swing-district legislator also had a qualm.
“I would like to have heard President Obama speak even more about his commitment to bipartisanship,” Murphy said in a statement.
Murphy was narrowly elected in a Palm Beach-Treasure Coast district that Mitt Romney carried with 51.5 percent. He broke with most of his party to support a largely symbolic Republican balanced-budget resolution last week.
Not surprisingly, Murphy’s three-paragraph reaction to Obama’s speech echoed his campaign pledge to work with both parties.
“Our country is at a tipping point and we need less political gamesmanship and more leadership,” Murphy said. “With this leadership will come stability for our private sector and will help spur investment and access to capital in our communities which will in turn increase economic growth. I have pledged to reach across the aisle and work with both Democrats and Republicans to put the American people before partisanship. That is why I sat with Republican Representative Tom Rice of South Carolina and joined our fellow members of the No Labels’ Problem Solvers group in wearing orange pins to tonight’s address as a show of our commitment to working together.