Paul Ryan: Obama rhetoric doesn't meet substance

Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., appears on "CBS This Morning," Jan. 24, 2012.
Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., appears on "CBS This Morning," Jan. 24, 2012.

President Obama plans to address Congress Tuesday night with his annual State of the Union address, but a top House Republican sought to portray the remarks as just another speech pitting Democrats and Republicans against each other.

"The rhetoric just doesn't quite meet the substance, and that's our concern," Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said on "CBS This Morning."

Mr. Obama plans to lay out his vision for the country in the remarks, which amount to major campaign speech for the president seeking another four years in power.

Ryan said Mr. Obama would lay out promises of what he hopes to do because "I don't think the president can run on his record, it's not good."

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Mr. Obama has described his upcoming remarks as a "bookend" to thespeech he gave in December in Kansas in which he outlined his philosophy of how to reduce persistent unemployment and said now is a "make or break" moment for the middle class.

CBS television and will have live coverage of the State of the Union address, and the Republicans' response, tonight beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET.

"I'm going to lay out a blueprint for an American economy that's built to last," Mr. Obama said in a video email Saturday to campaign supporters.

He said the economic recovery is built on four pillars that will be key for his administration to focus: manufacturing, engineering, worker skills and American values.

"And that's rebuilding an economy where hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded - and an America where everybody gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everybody plays by the same set of rules," Mr. Obama added in the preview.

Ryan said the speech is just talk.

"It's going to be a very political speech. We've heard the same kind of rhetoric before and look at the kind of results we're getting," Ryan said.

To see the entire Ryan interview with "CBS This Morning" co-hosts Charlie Rose and Erica Hill, click on the video above.

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