President Obama used his sixth State of the Union address before Congress to reiterate his call for political compromise. But reactions before, during and after the speech Tuesday were predictably partisan:

2012 Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney on Facebook:

“True to form, the President in his State of the Union speech is more interested in politics than in leadership. More intent on winning elections than on winning progress, he ignores the fact that the country has elected a Congress that favors smaller government and lower taxes. Rather than bridging the gap between the parties, he makes ‘bridge to nowhere’ proposals. Disappointing. A missed opportunity to lead.”

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) delivered the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday. (AP)

Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) on Twitter:

“@BarackObama #SOTU pointed way to an economy that works for all. Now we need to step up & deliver for the middle class. #FairShot #FairShare.”

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) in a statement:

“Finding common ground is what the American people sent us here to do, but you wouldn’t know it from the president’s speech tonight. While veto threats and unserious proposals may make for good political theater, they will not distract this new American Congress from our focus on the people’s priorities.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in YouTube video statement:

“Tonight, America saw a powerful demonstration that it is time to move on beyond President Barack Obama.”

Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) in a statement:

“Tonight, the President missed a real opportunity to put forward a bold economic vision that meets the demands of the American people and puts an aggressive jobs agenda center stage. Rather than outlining pro-growth policies that would provide more opportunity for hard-working families and job creators that have been left behind in the Obama economy, the President slipped back into the role of Campaigner-In-Chief.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) on Twitter:

“Great speech, Mr. President. Looking forward to working with the @WhiteHouse to build an economy that works for all our families.”

Former senator Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) in a statement:

“We need someone in the White House with the experience to navigate our national security challenges and the fortitude to be straight with the American people on how to tackle them. Inauguration Day 2017 cannot come soon enough.”

Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) on Twitter:

“POTUS says he will seek out ideas + to work w Congress -- yet in first 3 weeks of #AmericasNewCongress, we’ve seen the exact opposite.”

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Twitter:

“On critical nat’l security issues, Pres Obama’s speech was unfortunate demonstration of how strategically listless Admin now is.”

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush (R) on Facebook:

“It’s unfortunate President Obama wants to use the tax code to divide us — instead of proposing reforms to create economic opportunity for every American. We can do better.”

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) on Facebook:

“The worst thing we could do is let recent economic progress be undercut by Republican efforts to undo critically important financial reforms, further tilt the tax code towards the wealthy and corporations, and roll back health care coverage for millions of Americans.”

Former senator James Webb (D-Va.) on Twitter:

“Not a fan of the ‘middle class’ lingo. Fighting for hard working Americans and small business isn’t about class. #webb2016 #economicfairness.”