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(Watch) Rick Santorum Not Impressed With Trump’s State Of The Union Speech



President Donald Trump delivered his second official State of the Union address to the American people on Tuesday evening, and while many did see it as an acceptable deliverance of his constitutionally-mandated report to Congress, one conservative commentator had qualms with it.

Former U.S. Senator (and occasional Republican candidate for president himself) Rick Santorum had some unkind words to say about Trump’s speech on Tuesday.

“This was probably the worst-delivered speech I ever heard Donald Trump give,” Santorum said during a panel on CNN analyzing the president’s address.

Some of his criticisms dealt with the way Trump’s speech was organized. “He would deliver a line and go to the next issue, and I don’t even think he realized he was moving onto the next issue,” Santorum said.

It seemed that the former Pennsylvania senator also found difficulties with Trump’s transitions from issue-to-issue, and may have put some fault on the speechwriters instead of the president. “Someone didn’t do a good job of breaking his speech so he knew what to do. That was a problem,” Santorum said.

Watch Santorum’s criticisms below:

But the substance of the speech itself was lacking, especially on policy matters, Santorum added.

“Do you know how many things the president proposed on domestic policy tonight?” Santorum asked the panel. “Bill Clinton — I would sit through his speech and it would be an encyclopedia of proposals. Stacey Abrams, in four minutes, proposed 40 things. In an hour and a half, Donald Trump proposed eight domestic policies. Eight the entire night! And two of those eight were child cancer and AIDS.”

“This was not a big speech,” Santorum lamented.

Most who tuned into the speech actually gave Trump positive marks, according to CBS News. Trump received a 76 percent approval rating from individuals who actually watched his speech live, according to the poll conducted by the news network minutes after the speech concluded.

Those numbers may be skewed a bit, however, given that a plurality of viewers who tuned into watch the State of the Union identified as Republicans. Forty-three percent of viewers of the speech on Tuesday night said they were Republicans, while just 24 percent said they called themselves Democrats.

For comparison, in the last CBS News poll that was conducted in January, just 25 percent of respondents said they were Republicans.