U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s State of the Union Address and ongoing events in the Middle East.

"President Obama rightly says we must ‘fix our politics’ – but that starts with leaders doing their first jobs first, instead of politicians claiming competence to run every detail of free people’s lives. The Commander-in-Chief’s primary duty – especially on a day when Iran detains ten U.S. sailors and a suicide bomber murders ten civilians in Turkey – should be to offer a serious plan for actually defeating militant Islam."