U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn will attend the President Barack Obama’s fourth State of the Union address Tuesday after the Republican congressman boycotted the speech in 2012.
Lamborn, of Colorado Springs, said the difference is that this year Obama is not on the campaign trail.
“He won’t be making a campaign speech like he did last year, so I will be attending,” Lamborn said on Monday morning.
Lamborn also is off the campaign trail this year, after defeating a tough primary opponent and then five challengers in November for his fourth-term as a congressman.
The State of the Union is historically attended by the entire House and Senate. Lamborn made national news by refusing to attend last year.
“I hope he does something that he did not do in his inaugural speech, and that is to talk about the economy, getting spending under control, creating jobs and having growth once again in our country,” Lamborn said.
Obama’s speech is expected to focus on the economy, according to pundit speculations.
But Lamborn says he hopes the president outlines how to balance the budget without further tax increases or cuts to the Department of Defense known as sequestration.
“He needs to talk about how we can keep spending under control without devastating our defense budget, and unfortunately there’s been very little talk from his administration on how to accomplish that,” Lamborn said.
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