Republican candidates took turns attacking President Obama’s final State of the Union address, calling him "divisive" and his address an unrealistic view of the world.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz referred to the speech as the “state of denial."
Most attacked Obama’s foreign policy and blamed him for the conflics with Islamic State and with countries in the Middle East.
“Bullies and tyrants across the world are not afraid of this president, don’t respect this president," Cruz told Fox News on Wednesday.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said Obama’s strategy to fight Islamic State failed to protect the country.
“People are scared for legitimate reasons,” Bush said in a post-address interview with Fox News. “While the president suggests ISIS is not a challenge to our country — they aren’t going to invade us in the traditional sense — they are trying to undermine our way of life," he added, using an acronym for Islamic State.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio joined in.
“Unfortunately with this president, he has always underestimated the threat of ISIS,” Rubio said. “It is a terrorist group, well-organized, well-funded and capable of infiltrating the country.”
Rubio also accused Obama of failing to lead.
“This is a president that has deliberately pitted Americans against each other time and again,” he told Fox News.
On the Democratic side, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton both praised Obama’s speech.
“I ... appreciated the president’s point that we need more civil politics, that we need to get big money out of politics,” Sanders wrote on his website, “that at a time of tremendous wealth and income inequality we must revitalize American democracy.”