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DENVER - Colorado lawmakers responded to the president's State of the Union address Tuesday evening.

Congressman Mike Coffman, R-Colo., said he believes the president's plan to spur the economy will mean more spending.

"I worry that his plan to spur the economy and to create more jobs will result in more spending and bigger deficits. If there was a direct relationship between government spending and jobs, the unemployment rate should be next to zero by now. I am committed to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get Americans back to work and to ensure our government begins to live within its means."

Representative Scott Tipton, R-Colo., is also concerned Obama's plan will just add to the deficit.

"The President's record of endlessly delaying or altogether dismissing serious attempts to get spending under control has driven economic uncertainty, cost millions of jobs, and is jeopardizing the future of the American dream for our children and grandchildren."

Representative Ed Perlmutter, D-Colo., believes the president is on the right track.

"The President is right -- through innovation, education and cooperation, our country will continue on the road to economic recovery and stability. But we can't cut our way to prosperity -- we have to work together in a bipartisan way to cut waste, not jobs."

Barack Obama urged a deeply divided Congress Tuesday night to embrace his plans to use government money to create jobs and strengthen the nation's middle class. He declared Republican ideas for reducing the deficit "even worse" than the unpalatable deals Washington had to stomach during his first term.

Republicans say President Barack Obama's second-term agenda will bring more tax increases and increase deficit spending. They're vowing to promote economic growth to help middle-class families find good jobs.

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