Rep. Stockman On Why He Walked Out Of The Address04:58

Rep. Steve Stockman is pictured in September 2013. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)MoreCloseclosemore
Rep. Steve Stockman is pictured in September 2013. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Republican Congressman Steve Stockman of Texas walked out midway through last night's State of the Union address.

He issued a statement on Facebook (and over the course of multiple tweets) that read, in part:

"Tonight I left early after hearing how the President is further abusing his Constitutional powers. I could not bear to watch as he continued to cross the clearly-defined boundaries of the Constitutional separation of powers."

"Even worse, Obama has openly vowed to break his oath of office and begin enacting his own brand of law through executive decree. This is a wholesale violation of his oath of office and a disqualifying offense."

Stockman joins Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti to discuss the president's use of executive orders and why he walked out of the speech.


This segment aired on January 29, 2014.

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