Following is the statement of Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate in response to President Barack Obama's State of the Union address.

"Tonight President Obama showed us what real leadership looks like, laying out his vision for our country that is centered on expanding opportunity for everyone and growing a strong middle class.

"The President's message of equal opportunity and his proposals to make community college free for everyone willing to work hard for it, extend sick leave to working families, make quality childcare more affordable, and make the tax code work for the middle class by requiring that everyone pay their fair share stand in clear contrast to Republicans like Scott Walker who want to go back to the same failed, trickle-down economic policies that have never worked.

"Scott Walker and his Republican Party continue to show they have no new ideas and will fight tooth and nail to impede progress on policies that actually benefit middle class families. So while Walker scrambles around the country courting donors and right-wing support for a backwards agenda, Democrats will follow President Obama's lead in supporting policies that will grow our economy and strengthen the middle class."