GOP Warns against Tax Increases, Spending; Rubio, Republicans Say Obama Should ' Abandon His Obsession with Raising Taxes.'; STATE OF THE UNION

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WASHINGTON Republicans warned Tuesday that President Barack Obamas second-term agenda would bring more tax increases and escalate deficit spending, and they vowed that they would guard against Washington-centric policies and help middle-class families rebound from years of tepid economic growth.

Republicans responded to Obamas State of the Union address with fresh appeals to voters on the economy, and promises to rein in federal spending and address the future of entitlement programs such as Medicare.

The party sought to portray itself as an alternative source of policies to grow the economy after the president swept to re- election last November.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, delivering the Republican response, urged Obama to abandon his obsession with raising taxes and said the president had shifted the nation away from free-market economic principles that had helped middle-class families achieve prosperity.

Presidents in both parties from John F. Kennedy to Ronald Reagan have known that our free-enterprise economy is the source of our middle-class prosperity. But President Obama? He believes its the cause of our problems, Rubio said.


Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, in a separate Tea Party response, said both parties had failed voters by driving up trillion-dollar deficits.

Washington acts in a way that your family never could they spend money they do not have, they borrow from future generations, and then they blame each other for never fixing the problem, Paul said in prepared remarks. …