From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, in delivering the Republican response to President Obama's address, will strike similar themes to the president on working together, but will also criticize Democratic economic philosophy and take a swipe at the president for not being hopeful enough.
His speech is entitled, "Americans Can Do Anything," and he will draw on his biography for that inspiration: "As I grew up, my mom and dad taught me the values that attracted them to this country -- and they instilled in me an immigrant's wonder at the greatness of America," he will say, according to select released prepared remarks. "As a child, I remember going to the grocery store with my dad. Growing up in India, he had seen extreme poverty. And as we walked through the aisles, looking at the endless variety on the shelves, he would tell me: 'Bobby, Americans can do anything.' I still believe that to this day."
He strikes a chord of bipartisanship, saying, "Republicans are ready to work with the new President to provide those solutions. Here in my state of Louisiana, we don't care what party you belong to if you have good ideas to make life better for our people."
"We need more of that attitude from both Democrats and Republicans in our nation's capital," Jindal will continue to say. "All of us want our economy to recover and our nation to prosper," Jindal will say. "So where we agree, Republicans must be the President's strongest partners. And where we disagree, Republicans have a responsibility to be candid and offer better ideas for a path forward."
But bipartisanship is conditional, as he will also go on to criticize Democrats on economic philosophy.
"To solve our current problems, Washington must lead," he will say. "But the way to lead is not to raise taxes and put more money and power in hands of Washington politicians. The way to lead is by empowering you -- the American people. Because we believe that Americans can do anything. ... Democratic leaders say their legislation will grow the economy. What it will do is grow the government, increase our taxes down the line, and saddle future generations with debt. Who among us would ask our children for a loan, so we could spend money we do not have, on things we do not need? That is precisely what the Democrats in Congress just did. It's irresponsible. And it's no way to strengthen our economy, create jobs, or build a prosperous future for our children."
And Republicans' problem? Not having been fiscally responsible.
"In recent years, these distinctions in philosophy became less clear -- because our party got away from its principles," Jindal will say. "You elected Republicans to champion limited government, fiscal discipline, and personal responsibility. Instead, Republicans went along with earmarks and big government spending in Washington. Republicans lost your trust -- and rightly so."
He also channels Bill Clinton, taking a swipe at Obama for not being hopeful enough.
"A few weeks ago, the president warned that our nation is facing a crisis that he said, 'We may not be able to reverse,'" Jindal will say. "Our troubles are real, to be sure. But don't let anyone tell you that we cannot recover -- or that America's best days are behind her."