In delivering a tea party response to the State of the Union, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) suggested that President Obama has won over lower-income voters with "free stuff," an echo of Mitt Romney's comments on the 47 percent and "gifts" to key demographics.

"The president offers you free stuff, but his policies keep you poor," Paul said, adding that "the ranks of the poor have swelled" during Obama's tenure.