Nation Can't Afford Democrats' Policies
Va. governor McDonnell rips federal debt, health reform
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 27, 2010 9:35 PM CST
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is seen during a practice speech before delivering the Republican Response to the State of the Union tonight.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – 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 tonight's State of the Union address. McDonnell criticized the huge run-up in federal debt, and said that while Americans want affordable health care, but they don't want the government to run it.

"Top-down, one-size-fits-all decision-making should not replace the personal choices of free people in a free market, nor undermine the proper role of state and local governments in our system of federalism," McDonnell said. "All Americans agree, we need a health care system that is affordable, accessible, and high quality," McDonnell said. "But most Americans do not want to turn over the best medical care system in the world to the federal government."