- Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont said Obama should say something along the lines of, "When I deal with facts, I tell the truth. My opponents don't think they should. I think they should. ... I honor our troops. Republicans didn't even mention it."
- Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia: "We start with the word chutzpah. Let me get this straight: [The Republican] argument is, '[Democrats] are not cleaning up our mess fast enough?' He (is) ... going to bring this one home, reminding the public of that outrageous claim."
- Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland: "Do we really want to go back to failed policies? ... Americans continue to move forward."
- Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island: "Republicans left an opening by saying things that are so provably untrue it gives him the opportunity to correct the record. If they're going to make stuff up to sell it, you might want to take a second look before you buy it."