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Published January 26, 2011, 08:25 AM

Hoeven: More specifics needed from Obama

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says President Barack Obama "sounded some of the right themes" in his State of the Union message.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota U.S. Sen. John Hoeven says President Barack Obama "sounded some of the right themes" in his State of the Union message.

Hoeven says he wanted more emphasis on reducing federal spending, and overhauling the federal tax and regulatory framework "to get small businesses going."

Obama promised a five-year freeze on federal discretionary spending. Hoeven says that's good, "but we're going to have to go beyond that." The new Republican senator says he'll be waiting for specifics from the president.

Republicans and Democrats sat together during the speech. Hoeven says he sat with West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, who is also a former governor.

Obama advocated getting rid of oil industry subsidies and referred to oil as "yesterday's energy." Hoeven says North Dakota shows oil is thriving.

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