Arkansas Delegation has Mixed Reaction to Bush's State of the Union Remarks

FEBRUARY 1, 2006 - Posted at 8:09 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) - The reaction among Democrats in Arkansas' congressional delegation to President Bush's State of the Union address ranged from encouragement to disappointment to disgust, while the state's lone Republican in Washington came away impressed with the cooperative tone of the speech.

Republican Representative John Boozman said he liked Bush's commitment to a bi-partisan approach to solving the country's problems, especially the energy problem.  Boozman said high gasoline prices were the number one worry among his constituents.

Senator Mark Pryor said he was encouraged the president wants to explore alternative energy sources and Pryor said he looked forward to working with the administration on this.  He was disappointed, though, that Bush hadn't mentioned the plight of farmers or the loss of manufacturing jobs.

Senator Blanche Lincoln said she also appreciated the tone of the President's speech but she said the reality is the administration has not produced results.

Representative Mike Ross was even less enthused.  Ross said the presidente was long on one-liners and short on solutions.  And Congressman Marion Berry blasted Bush and Republicans saying they are "consumed by a culture of corruption" and have lost touch with the American people.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)