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in a few moments, the president will begin his state of the union address. we appreciate you watching the factor. let's hand it off to brent bear watching the proceedings in washington, d.c.. brett, all yours. >> thanks, bill. you are looking live inside the house chamber. welcome to our special coverage of president obama's state of the union address. i'm brett bear in washington, tonight marks the 93rd time this message to congress or state of the union aggress has been delivered in person by a president. president obama will make the case the economy is finding its sea legs. american workers continue to feel pretty unstable with nearly three quarters of americans still feeling like this country is in recession. we're expecting a speech filled with more confrontation than compromise. the president has eluded to a strategy some have dubbed pen and phone and go it alone. a recognition that many of his initiatives don't have much of a chance in the republican controlled house.
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instead he says he willing rely on rallying orders. john boehner today had a pointed response to that prospect saying, we have a constitution, we abide by it, if he tries to ignore it, he's going to run into a brick wall. so tonight, president obama will try to recharge and refocus his stalled agenda in congress. all while trying to avoid irrelevancy and lame duck status ahead of what could be a daunting midterm election for his party. as we look at the vice president and the house speaker, introducing the panel that will start and welcome in the president to the house chamber, let's bring in our panel for the evening. george will, kirstin powers, a.b. stoddard and charles krauthammer. george, what is the president going to do, what does he have to do tonight?
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>> he's going to be pugnatious, i have a pen i have a phone. every president since washington has had a pen. every washington since rutherford b. hayes has had a phone. what makes this president different he thinks these acutriments will allow him to get around congress. the more pugnacious he seems, the more arrogant he seems. >> he's going to outline ways, things he can do on his own. we remain to see whether they're going to be unconstitutional. some of these things may be small things that are around the edges. i don't really expect them to be that sweeping, they are little things the president feels he can do to try to ignite economic growth and help workers. >> dr. jill biden walking in,
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being escorted in, in just a moment, the first lady, michelle obama will come in as well. a.b.? >> everyone knows that state of the union addresses don't rescue presidencies. this is a solemn event for president obama. he's more on the defensive ever than he's been on the night of these addresses. he knows that in the next two years people will barely be listening because it will be a presidential cycle about i think it's a very difficult evening for him. >> charles? >> the president is suffering from the fact that for him, lame duckness set in a year early. generally it happens after the midterm election when the president almost always loses seats and everyone is talking about his successor. if you look at the cover of "the new york times" magazine this sunday. it's the woman who wants to succeed him from liz own party, she's on the cover. she wants to succeed him in three years.
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that's what all the chatter is about. the first year after your re-election is the year you can enact what you want. that's when you have the wind at your back, it was a terrible year for obama. where he essentially enacted nothing. he's trying to salvage something from the time that remains. but there's a sense of weariness and fatigue in his own voice. and the whole idea that he has to use the pen and the phone is an indication that he cannot work with congress. and that i think is going to be his legacy. >> getting ready for the justices of the supreme court to be welcomed in here, we should point out that the secretary of energy, ernest moniz is going to sit out of this address. always one cabinet member does in the continuation of government, the effort to protect the government in case of catastrophic attack at the capitol. you see the supreme court justices. we're told that justice roberts is there along with associate justices breyer, kagan, kennedy
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and ginsberg, not attending tonight, justices alito, scalia, thomas and sotomayor. let's listen in as we pause for the top of the hour, and continue our special coverage of the president's fifth state of the union address. [ applause ] welcome back to fox news coverage of president obama's state of the union address. the president is expected to push congress on issues like immigration reform, unemployment benefits extension and a minimum wage hike. it's the smaller bite sized agenda items he says he can do with executive action, that the white house seems to be preparing reporters for and to hear in recent days as we await the president's arrival here in the chamber, we begin just down the road, pennsylvania avenue
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with chief white house correspondent ed henry. >> a pivotal speech, because this is the last state of the union before the midterms. the president's legacy quite literally hanging in the balance. they see some opportunity, they know the republicans were battered last fall by the government shutdown, republicans may want to work with them on immigration, get some victories before the immigration. there's big danger for the president as well tonight. he's been battered in the polls by those health care missteps. his agenda is quite literally done. we're going to hear compromises as you said, we're going to hear confrontation. we'll hear contradictions, a president who came to power, talking about radically shaking up washington, now talking tonight about small ball, the president who came to power talking about reigning in executive power now tonight doubling down on executive orders. simple reason for that. as his time runs out in office, he's going to make the case tonight that if republicans block his agenda, he'll go it
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alone. bret. >> as we look at the first lady in the executive gallery there being welcomed in, she is welcoming some survivors of the boston marathon bombing as well as the fire chief of the town that was decimated in oklahoma earlier this year. as well as jason collins of the -- the former nba player, the first male athlete in major american team sports who publicly announced he's gay. as you hear the cabinet being welcomed in, leading the way there, secretary of state john kerry, and behind him jack lieu. kerry, we should point out has been on a diplomatic flurry all across the world. mainly on the issue of syria and iran. he's also engaged in middle east peace talks that he hopes are going to be fruitful. george, what about foreign policy in this speech, and how much do you expect the president to get into that? >> i would expect him to avoid it like the plague. he can talk about two things,
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basically, he can talk about syria, where he's defined success down from removing the regime of assad to removing assad's chemical weapons. i would expect him to tread lightly on iran. they've agreed to nothing of importance but they've only agreed to pause an iranian nuclear program that they're determined to accelerate soon. >> attorney general eric holder there shaking hands. we should point out that it is tradition, a lot of lawmakers -- you see elliott engle from new york, democrat, he's often poised right there on the row. to try to get a handshake and face time with the president. a lot of these members have been posted up since about 4:30 this afternoon. you see mark pryor who's up for re-election in arkansas, the senator facing a tough re-election bid. kirstin. >> yeah, to your question about foreign policy, the president won't have much to say about
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that. also, this is a speech that's going to be focused on one thing, and that's the economy. how to get the economy moving, how to address the fact that there are americans who are still out of work. and as he has in the past talked about income inequality, that will be something he continues to touch on, moves the ball down a little bit more, and moves away from the income inequality and talks about really specific ways to help people who are suffering. really, realistically, how much of this agenda can he push through this congress? you know, you've got the big ticket items like immigration reform, that seem to this week be getting a second look from house republicans? >> from speaking to republicans, they've actually made it clear to him, if he can give them something on a deal to increase the debt ceiling on which they don't want to have a big fight. but something that doesn't look like a win, but looks like a deal. he has a real shot at moving forward with them on immigration
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reform. if he wants a clean increase in the debt ceiling and doesn't give a republican something to call a deal or a compromise, that's really going to imperil his ability to pass immigration reform. the fact that the congress is passing a farm bill after two years is a big deal. he's looking for a transportation bill. he's looking to extend unemployment insurance. that might not go through. he's looking to raise the minimum wage, that's very popular in the country but not in the congress. immigration reform would be the big ticket item, it would be a huge accomplishment in light of the gridlock in the congress and his relationship with the congress. >> the president has talked before, that sometimes if he pushes and there you see health and human services secretary kathleen sebelius who's had a bit of a tough run with the health care rollout. he will talk about obama care we're told tonight. not extensively, but some. charles, he has talked about, if he pushes for something big,
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often times republicans run away from it, because he's endorsing it. especially in some of these conservative districts around the country? >> well, i mean, it shows you how weak a president he's become. the one issue in which there's perhaps a chance of getting a deal with the republicans, the one large issue, immigration, is the one that at least the staff has told us today he's not going to expand on. he's afraid if he does, it will all fall through. it's rather ironic that this is a president who can only spestuo succeed and get enacted. and on the one issue where he might succeed, he needs to stay away or else it will poison the atmosphere. there's a great irony in this speech, it is small ball, and when you compare it with the first state of the union he gave, a month after he was sworn in. that was an incredibly i'd yo logically ambitious speech, where he said i'm here to change
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america, in three ways, health care, energy and education which is essentially, you know, the major items on the national agenda. and here he is five years later speaking about increasing the minimum wage and extending unemployment. that's quite a come down for a president who saw himself as someone who would change the country and change its ideological trajectory. >> attorney general talking to the secretary of state. george, what strikes you about these nights? >> how ghastly they are, and how much almost everyone who participates in them, feels undignified, that they're unnecessary and unedifying. >> it's great to have you here, george. it really is. >> well, it's my job to rain on the movable feast. it's become a pep rally. i know a number of supreme court justices feel they're out of place there. the chief justice who will be there tonight has said as much. clarence thomas and scalia, i think it's inappropriate for the
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uniformed military to be at what's become a pep rally. it's equally undig nigh phied for both parties. ronald reagan turned this into melodrama by putting lenny sputnik in the gallery one night. this is not what the constitution says, the presidential from time to time give the congress information as to the state of the union. >> the new epa director, mccarthy is walking in right there, kirstin, climate change is one of the things the president has talked about, dealing with in executive action, he can't get it through this congress. >> well, the question remains, really, what he's talking about, and the white house has been hinting out this even leading up to the speech, all of these executive orders that are going to happen, nobody really knows what they are. and to the extent i've been able to pin any of them down, they seem fairly minor in terms of
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setting up some sort of working route to look at climate change or something like that, but it will be interesting to see what the president says if he's going to do something really sweeping, that's going to make a huge difference. i'm sure if he does, the conservatives are going to be crying foul immediately. >> maybe. we're hearing the president is at the door there, but the cabinet's not all the way in, so i think we have a couple minutes. >> it's true, kirstin's right that what he's done so far in terms of environmental regulations have already upset his critics, and they are the ones who say that everything he's doing with executive orders is extra constitutional, going further than bush did. it is true also, the democrats won't think any plans he has for the climate action plan are going to go far enough. they were hoping he would do something on the employee nondiscrimination act, something more on gitmo, because his first executive order failed to close guantanamo bay. they believe he hasn't done
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enough by executive order. >> we're looking now at the house sergeant of arms, he has the big announcement coming up here. >> mr. speaker, the president of the united states! [ applause ] >> i'd like to listen in to these conversations sometimes. we'll take a listen, and you never know what you can hear.
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>> and there is representative sheila jackson, from texas in the pink, who has managed to be, i think in every state of the union, right there on the row, charles. >> i think she went down at 5:00 a.m. and staked her seat. >> she got the seat. it is something to watch as the president makes his way in. republicans and democrats, there is a little difference this year, apparently the dating we saw between republicans and democrats sitting together back in 2011 has largely subsided, although there are some bipartisan couples, if you will, sitting next to each other, including senator joe manchin, democrat from west virginia and mark kirk, republican from illinois. they're working on a couple things. they're also good friends. >> there you see the president talking to the supreme court justices and a big hug for ruth bader ginsberg.
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final thoughts as he makes his way up to the desk? >> this entry is rather inspiring, but at the same time, somewhat imperial. it's the reason jefferson stopped the tradition of delivering a state of the union. he thought it was too much like the queen's address to parliament. it was too royal. and that tradition of the delivering it only in writing lasted 100 years until woodrow wilson, to whom we owe a lot of unthanks for some of the things he left us with. revived that tradition. he was a believer in the imperial presidency, here you can see it almost in a photograph standing above the entire congress and delivering an address. i'd like to see him in question period as is done in parliament. that would be a lot more interesting. especially after george drove an
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entire audience to the home shopping network. so the only people watching out there are friends and relatives. >> we will have complete coverage and analysis. you see the first lady in the executive box along with her guests there, including a survivor of a roadside bomb in khandahar, afghanistan. ladies and gentlemen, president barack obama, his fifth state of the union address. >> members of congress, i have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the president of the united states. >> thank you. thank you. thank you. thank you so much.
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thank you. thank you. thank you so much. mr. speaker, mr. vice president, members of congress, my fellow americans. today in america, a teacher spent extra time with a student who needed it, and did her part to lift america's graduation rate to its highest levels in more than three decades. an entrepreneur flipped on the lights in her tech start-up, and did her part to add to the more than 8 million new jobs our businesses have created over the past four years. an autoworker finetuned some of the best, most fuel efficient cars in the world, and did his part to help america wean itself
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off foreign oil. a farmer prepared for the spring after the strongest five-year stretch of farm exports in our history. a rural doctor gave a young child the first prescription to treat asthma that his mother could afford. a man took the bus home from the graveyard shift, bone tired, dreaming big dreams for his son. and a tight knit community all across america, fathers and mothers will tuck in their kids, put an arm around their spouse, remember fallen comrades, and give thanks for being home from a war that after 12 long years is finally coming to an end.
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tonight this chamber speaks with one voice to the people we represent. it is you, our citizens who make the state of our union strong. and here are the results of your efforts. the lowest unemployment rate in over five years. a rebounding housing market, a manufacturing sector that's adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s. more oil produced at home than we buy from the rest of the world, the first time that's happened in nearly 20 years. our deficits cut by more than
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half. and for the first time in over a decade, business leaders around the world have declared that china is no longer the world's number one place to invest. america is. that's why i believe this can be a breakthrough year for america. after five years of grit and determined effort, the united states is better positioned for the 21st century than any other nation on earth. the question for everyone in this chamber, running through every decision we make this year is whether we are going to help or hinder this progress.
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for several years now, this town has been consumed by a rancorous argument over the proper size of the federal government. it's an important debate. one that dates back to our very founding. but when that debate prevents us from carrying out even the most basic functions of our democracy. when our differences shut down government or threaten the full faith and credit of the united states, then we are not doing right by the american people. now, as president, i'm committed to making washington work better and re3wibuilding the trust of people who sent us here. and i believe most of you are too. last month, thanks to the work of democrats and republicans, confinely produced a budget
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that's undone some of the last year's cuts. nobody got everything they wanted. and we can still do more to invest in this country's future while bringing down our deficit in a balanced way. but the budget compromise should leave us to focus on creating new jobs. not creating new crisis. and in the coming months, let's see where else we can make progress together. let's make this a year of action. that's what most americans want. for all of us in this chamber to focus on their lives, their hopes, their aspirations. and what i believe unites the people of this nation regardless of race or region or party, young or old, rich or poor, is the simple profound belief in opportunity for all. the notion that if you work hard
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and take responsibility, you can get ahead in america. let's face it, that belief has suffered some serious blows. more than three decades, even before the great recession hit. massive shifts in technology and global competition had eliminated a lot of good middle class jobs, and weakened the economic foundations that families depend on. today after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better. but average wages have barely budged. inequality has deepened, upward mobility has stalled. the cold hard fact is, that even in the midst of recovery, too many americans are working more than ever just to get by, let
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alone to get ahead. and too many still aren't working at all. so our job is to reverse these trends. it won't happen right away, and we won't agree on everything. but what i offer tonight is a set of concrete practical proposals to speed up growth, strengthen the middle class and build new ladders of opportunity into the middle class, some require congressional action. and i'm eager to work with all of you. but america does not standstill and neither will i, so wherever and whenever i can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more american families, that's what i'm going to do.
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as usual, our first lady sets a good example. michelle -- [ applause ] >> well -- michelle lets move partnership with schools, businesses, local leaders, it's helped bring down childhood obesity rates for the first time in 30 years, that's an achievement that will improve lives and reduce health care costs for years to come. the employers have hired or trained nearly 400,000 veterans and military spouses. taking a page from that
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playbook, the white house just organized a college opportunity summit where already 150 universities, businesses, nonprofits have made concrete commitments to reduce inequality and access to hire education, and help every hardworking kid go to college and succeed when they get to campus. and across the country we're partnering with mayors, governors and state legislatures on issues from homelessness to marriage equality. the point is, there are millions of americans outside of washington who are tired of steal political arguments and who are moving this country forward. they believe, and i believe that here in america, our success should depend notn accident of birth, but the strength of our work ethic, and the scope of our dreams. that's what drew our forebearers here, that's how the daughter of a factory worker is ceo of
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america's largest automaker. how the son of a bar keep is speaker of the house. how the son of a single mom can be president of the greatest nation on earth. opportunity is who we are. and the definning project of our generation must be to restore
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that promise. we know where to start. the best measure of opportunity is access to a good job. with the economy picking up speed, companies say they intend to hire more people this year, and over half of big manufacturer's say they're thinking of insourcing jobs from abro abroad. so let's make that decision easier for more companies. both democrats and republicans have argued that our tax code is riddled with wasteful complicated loopholes that punish businesses investing here and reward companies to keep profits abroad. let's flip that equation. let's work together to close those loopholes and incentives to ship jobs overseas and lower tax rates for businesses that create jobs right here at home.
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moreover, we can take the money we save from this transaction to create jobs, rebuilding our roads. upgrading our ports, unclogging our commutes. because in today's global economy, first class jobs gravitate to first class infrastructure. we'll need congress to protect more than 3 million jobs by finishing transportation and waterways bills this summer. that can happen. but i'll act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects so we can get more construction workers on the job as fast as possible. we also have the chance right now to beat other countries in the race for the next wave of high-tech manufacturing jobs.
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my administration has launched two hubs for high-tech manufacturing in raliegh, north carolina and youngstown, ohio where we've connected businesses to research universities where we can help america lead the world in technologies. tonight i'm announcing we'll launch six more this year. bipartisan bills in both houses could double the number of these hubs and the jobs they create. so get those bills to my desk. put more americans back to work. let's do more to help the entrepreneurs and small business owners who create most new jobs in america. over the past five years my administration has made more loans to small business owners than any other. and when 98% of our exporters are small businesses, new trade
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partnerships with europe and the asia pacific will help them create even more jobs. we need to work together on tools like bipartisan trade promotion authority to protect our workers, protect our environment and open new markets to new goods, stamped, made in the usa. listen, china and europe aren't standing on the sidelines, and neither should we. we know that the nation that goes all in on innovation today will own the global economy tomorrow. this is an edge america cannot surrend surrender. federally funded research helped lead to the ideas and inventions behind google and smart phones. that's why congress should undo the damage done by last year's
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cuts to basic research, so we can unleash the next great american discovery. there are entire industries to be built, based on vaccines that stay ahead of drug resistant bacteria or paper thin material that's stronger than steel. and let's pass a patent reform bill that allows our businesses to stay focused on innovation, not costly and needless l litigation. now, one of the biggest factors in bringing more jobs back is our commitment to american energy. the all the above energy strategy i announced a few years ago is working. and today america is closer to energy independence than we have been in decades.
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one of the reasons why is natural gas. if extracted safely, it's the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that produces climate change. businesses plan to invest almost $100 billion in new factories that use natural gas. i'll cut red tape to help states get those factories built and put folks to work, and this congress can put people to work by fueling stations that ship more cars and trucks from foreign oil to american natural gas. meanwhile, my administration will keep working with the industry that's the same production and jobs growth for protection of our air, water, communities. and while we're at it, i'll use my authority to protect more of our pristine federal lands for future generations.
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it's not just oil and natural gas production that's booming. we're becoming a global leader in solar too. every four minutes, another american home or business goes solar. every panel pounded into place by a worker whose job cannot be outsourced, let's continue that progress with a smarter tax policy that stops giving $4 billion a year to fossil fuel industries that don't need it, so we can invest more in fuels of the future that do about. >> and even as we've increased energy production, we've partnered with businesses,
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builders and local communities to reduce the energy we consume. when we rescued our automakers, for example, we worked with them to set higher fuel efficiency standards for our cars. in the coming months, i'll build on that success by setting new standards for our trucks so we can keep driving down oil imports and what we pay at the pump. and taken together our energy policy is creating jobs and leading to a cleaner safer planet. over the past eight years, the united states has reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other nation on earth. but we have to act with more urgency. the changing climate is already harming western communities struggling with drought. and coastal cities dealing with floods. that's why i directed my administration to work with states, utilities and others to set new standards on the amount
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of carbon pollution our power plants are allowed so dump into the air. the shift to a cleaner energy economy won't happen overnight, and it will require some tough choices along the way. the debate is settled, climate change is a fact, and when our children's children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer more stable world with new sources of energy, i want us to be able to say, yes, we did. finally if we're serious about economic growth, it is time to heed the call of business leaders, labor leaders, faith leaders, law enforcement and fix our broken immigration system.
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republicans and democrats in the senate have acted, and i know that members of both parties in the house want to do the same. independent economists say immigration reform will grow our economy and shrink our deficits by almost $1 trillion in the next two decades. and for good reason. when people come here to fulfill their dreams, to study and then contribute to our culture, they make our country a more attractive place for businesses to locate and create jobs for everybody. so let's get immigration reform done this year. let's get it done. it's time.
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the ideas i've outlined so far can speed up growth and create more jobs. in this rapidly changing economy, we have to make sure that every american has the skills to fill those jobs. the good news is, we know how to do it. two years ago as the auto industry came roaring back, a manufacturing firm in detroit was opened. she knew ford needed parts for the best selling truck in america, and she knew how to make those parts. she just needed the workforce, she dialed up what we call an american job center, places where folks can walk in to get the help or training they need to find a new job or a better job. she was flooded with new workers. today detroit manufacturing systems has more than 700 employees. and what andra and her employees experienced is how it should be for every employer and every job seeker.
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tonight i've asked vice president biden to lead an across the board reform of america's training programs to make sure they have one mission. train americans with the skills employers need and match them to good jobs that need to be filled right now. that means more on the job training and more apprenticeships that send a worker on an upward trajectory for life. it means connect iing students community colleges designed to train them for their specific needs. you can connect more ready to work americans with ready to be filled jobs. i'm also convinced we can help
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americans return to the workforce faster, by reforming unemployment insurance so it's more effective in today's economy. but first, this congress needs to restore the unemployment insurance you just let expire for 1.6 million people. let me tell you why, missy demars is a mother of two young boy boys. she had been steadily employed since she was a teenager, put herself through college, she had never collected unemployment benefits, but she collected taxes, in may, she and her husband used their life savings to buy their first home. a week later, budget cuts claimed the job she loved.
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last month when their unemployment insurance was cut off, she sat down and wrote me a letter, the kind i get every y day, we are the face of the unemployment crisis she wrote. i'm not depending on the government, our country depends on people like us who build careers, contribute to society care about our neighbors. i'm confident that in time i will find a job, i will pay my taxes and we will raise our children in their own home in the community we love. please give us this chance. congress, give these hardworking responsible americans that chance. give them that chance. give them the chance. they need our help right now,
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but more important, this country needs them in the game. that's why i've been asking ceo's to give more long term unemployed workers a fair shot at new jobs, a new chance to support their families. and in fact, this week, many will come to the white house to make that commitment real. tonight i ask every business leader in america to join us and do the same, because we are stronger when america fields a full team. of course it's not enough to train today's workforce we also have to prepare tomorrow's workforce by guaranteeing every child access to a world class education. steven rodrigez couldn't speak a word of english when he moved to new york city at age 9.
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but last month, thanks to the great support of teachers and innovative tutoring program, he led a march of his classmates through a crowd of cheering parents and neighbors from their high school to the post office where they mailed off their college applications. and this son of a factory worker just found out he's going to college this fall. five years ago we set out to change the odds for all our kids. we worked with lenders to reform student loans and today more young people are earning college degrees than ever before. race to the top with the help of governors from both parties has helped states raise expectations and performance. teachers and principals in schools from tennessee to washington, d.c., are making big strides in preparing students with the skills for the new
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economy, problem solving, critical thinking, science, technology, engineering, math. some of these changes are hard. it requires everything from more challenging curriculums and more demanding parents to better support for teachers and new ways to measure how well our kids think, not how well they can fill in a bubble on a test. but it is worth it, and it is working. the problem is, we're still not reaching enough kids. and we're not reaching them in time, and that has to change research shows that one of the best investments we can make in a child's life is early high quality education.
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last year i asked this congress to help states make high quality pre-k available to every 4-year-old and as a parent as well as the president i repeat that request tonight. but in the meantime, 30 states have raised pre-k funding on their own, they know we can't wait. just as we worked with states to reform our schools. this year we'll invest in new partnerships with states and communities in a race to the top for our youngest children. and as congress decides what it's going to do. i'm going to pull together a coalition of business leaders and philanthropists willing to help more kids access the high quality pre-k they need. it is right for america. we need to get this done. last year i also pledged to connect 99% of our students to
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high speed broadband over the next four years. tonight i can announce that with the support of the fcc and companies like apple, microsoft, sprint and verizon, we've got a down payment to start connecting more than 15,000 schools and 20 million students over the next two years, without adding a dime to the deficit. we're working to redesign high schools and partner them with colleges and employers that offer the real world education and hands on training that can lead directly to a job and career. we're shaking up our system of higher education to give parents more information and colleges more incentive to offer better value so that no middle class kid is priced out of a college education. we're offering millions, the opportunity to cap their monthly student loan payments to 10% of their income. and i want to work with congress
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to see how we can help even more americans who feel trapped by student loan debt. and i'm reaching out to some of america's leading foundations and corporations on a new initiative to help more young men of color facing especially tough odds to stay on track and reach their full potential. the bottom line is, michelle and i want every child to have the same chance this country gave us. we know our opportunity agenda won't be complete, and too many young people entering the workforce today will see the american dream as an empty promise unless we do more to make sure our economy honors the dignity of work and hard work pays off for every single american. today women make up about half our workforce.
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but they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. that is wrong and in 2014, it's an embarrassment. women deserve equal pay for equal work. now, she deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job. a mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or a sick parent without running into hard ship. and you know what, a father does too. it's time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a "mad men" episode. this year, let's all come together, the white house,
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congress, businesses from wall street to main street to give every woman the opportunity she deserves. i believe when women succeed america succeeds. now, women hold a majority of lower wage jobs. but they're not the only ones stifled by stagnant wages. americans understand that some people will earn more money than others, and we don't resent those who by virtue of their efforts achieve incredible success, that's what america is all about. americans overwhelmingly agree that no one who works full time should ever have to raise a family in poverty.
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in the year since i asked this congress to raise the minimum wage, five states have passed laws to raise theirs. many businesses have done it on their own. nick shoot is here today with his boss john cerano. he's an owner of punch pizza in minneapolis. and nick helps make the dough. only now he makes more of it. john just gave his employees a raise to $10 an hour, and that's a decision that has eased their financial stress and boosted their moral. tonight i ask more of america's business leaders to follow john's lead. do what you can to raise your employees wages.
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it's good for the economy, it's good for america. every mayor, governor, state legislator in america, i say, you don't have to wait for congress to act, americans will support you if you take this on. and as the chief executive, i intend to lead by example. profitable corporations like costco see higher wages as the smart way to boost productivity, and reduce turnover. we should too. in the coming weeks, i will issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to pay their federally funded employees a fair wage of at least $10.10 an hour because if you cook our troops meals or wash their dishes, you should not have to live in poverty.
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of course to reach millions more, congress does need to get on board. today the federal minimum wage is worth about 20% less than it was when ronald reagan first stood here. and tom harkin and george miller have a bill to fix that by lifting the minimum wage to 10 bnt $10. it's easy to remember, 10.10. this will help families, it will get businesses customers with more money to spend. it does not involve any new bureaucratic program. so join the rest of the country. say yes, give america a raise. give 'em a raise.
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there are other steps we can take to help families make ends meet. fewer ineffective at reducing inequality by helping families pull themselves up. it helps about half of all parents in america at some point in their lives. i agree with republicans like senator rubio it doesn't do enough for single workers who don't have kids. let's work together to strengthen the credit reward work, help more americans get ahead. let's do more to help americans save for retirement. today most workers don't have a pension. a social security check often isn't enough on its own. and while the stock market is doubled over the last five years, that doesn't help folks who don't have 401(k)s. that's why tomorrow i will direct the treasury to create a
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new way for working americans to start their own retirement savings. my ira. it's a new savings plan that encourages folks to build a nest egg. it will guarantees a decent return with no risk of losing what you put in. if this congress wants to help, work with me to fix an upside down tax code that gives big tax breaks to help the wealthy save, but does little or nothing for middle class americans. offer every american access to an automatic ira on the job, so they can save at work, just like everybody in this chamber can. and since the most important investment many families make is their home, send me legislation that protects taxpayers from footing the bill for a housing crisis ever again and keeps the dream of homeownership alive for future generations.
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and one last point on financial securi security, for decades, few things exposed hardworking families to economic hardship than a kbroeken health care system. in case you haven't heard, we're in the process of fixing that. a pre-existing condition used to mean that someone like amanda schilling, a physician's assistant and single mom from arizona couldn't get health insurance. on january 1st, she got covered. on january 3rd, she felt a sharp pain, on january 6th, she had emergency surgery.
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just one week earlier amanda said, and that surgery would have meant bankruptcy. that's what health insurance reform is all about. the peace of mind that if misfortune strikes, you don't have to lose everything. already because of the affordable care act, more than 3 million americans under age 26 have gained coverage under their parents plan. more than 9 million americans have signed up for private health insurance or medicaid covera coverage. nine million. and here's another number, zero. because of this law, no american, none, zero, can ever again be dropped or denied coverage for a pre-existing condition like asthma or back pain or cancer.
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no woman can ever be charged more just because she's a woman. and we did all this while adding years to medicare's finances, keeping medicare premiums flat and lowering prescription costs for millions of seniors. now, i do not expect to convince my republican friends on the merits of this law. but i know that the american people are not interested in refighting old battles, so again, if you have specific plans to cut costs, cover more people, increase choice tell america what you would do
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differently. let's see if the numbers add up but let's not have another 40 something votes to repeal a law that's already helping millions of americans like amanda. the first 40 were plenty. we all owe it to the american people to say what we're for. not just what we're against and if you want to know the real impact this law's had talk to
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senator steve bashir from kentucky. now, kentucky is not the most liberal part of the country. he's like a man possessed when it comes to covering his commonwealth families. our neighbors and friends he said. for people we shop and go to church with. formers out on the tractor, grocery clerks. there are people who go to work every morning praying they don't get sick. no one deserves to live that way. steve's right, that's why tonight i ask every american who knows someone without health insurance help them get covered by march 31st, help them get covered pp moms get on your kids to sign up. kids call your mom and walk her through the application. that will give her some peace of mind, plus, she'll appreciate hearing from you.
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after all that, that's the spirit that has always moved this nation forward. it's the spirit of citizenship, the recognition that through hard work and responsibility we can pursue our individual dreams but still come together as one american family to make sure the next generation can pursue its dreams as well. citizenship means standing up for everyone's right to vote. last year part of the voting rights act was weakened. conservative republicans are working together to strengthen
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it. the bipartisan commission i appointed, chaired by my campaign lawyer and governor romney's campaign lawyer came together and offered reforms so no one has to wait more than a half hour to vote. let's support these efforts. it should be the power of our vote, not the size of our bank account that drives our democracy. citizenship means standing up for the lives that gun violence steals for us each day. >> i've seen the courage of parents, students, pastors, police officers, all over this country who say we are not afraid, and i intend to keep trying with or without congress to help stop more tragedies in our movie theaters and shopping
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malls or schools like sandy hook. citizenship demandses a sense of common purpose. participation in the hard work of self-government. an obligation to serve our communities. and i know this chamber agrees that few americans give more to our country than democrats and the men and women of the united states armed forces.
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>> tonight because the extraordinary troops and civilians who risk and lay down their lives to keep us free, when i took office nearly 180,000 americans were serving in iraq and afghanistan. today all of our troops are out of iraq, more than 60,000 of our troops have already come home from afghanistan. with afghan forces now in the lead for their own security. our troops have moved to a support role. together with our allies we will complete our mission there by the end of this year, and america's longest war will finally be over.
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after 2014, we will support a unified afghanistan as it takes responsibility for its own future. if the afghan government signs an agreement which we have negotiated, a small force of americans could stay in afghanistan to carry out training and assisting forces, and counter terrorism. while our relationship with afghanistan will change, one thing will not, our resolve that terrorists do not launch attacks against our country.
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the fact is, that danger remains while we put al qaeda's core leadership on a path to defeat, the threat has evolved. al qaeda extremists take root in different parts of the world. in yemen, somalia, iraq, mali, we have to keep working with partners to disrupt and disable those networks. in syria, we'll support the opposition that rejects the agenda of terrorist networks. we'll combat new threats like cyber attacks, as we reform our defense budget, we will have to keep faith with our men and women in uniform and invest in the capabilities they need to succeed in future missions.
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we have to remain vigilant, i strongly believe in our leadership and security cannot depend on our outstanding military alone. i have used force when needed to protect the american people. and i will never hesitate too do so as long as i hold this office. but i will not send our troops into harm's way unless it is truly necessary, nor will i allow our sons and daughterses to be mired in open ended conflicts, we must fight the battles that need to be fought. not those that terrorists prefer from us. large scale deployments that drain our strength and may ultimately feed extreme iism.
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as we actively and aggressively pursue terrorist networks by building the capacity of our foreign partners, america must move off a permanent war footing. that's why i've improved prudent limits on the use of drones. we will not be safer if people abroad believe we strike within their country without regard for the consequences. that's why working with this conference i will perform our surveillance programs. the vital work of our intelligence community depends on our confidence here and abroad. the privacy of ordinary people is not being violated. and with the afghan war ending,
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this needs to be the year congress lifts the remaining restrictions on detainee transfers and we close the prison at guantanamo bay. because we counter terrorism not just through intelligence and military actions but by remaining through to our constitutional ideals. and setting an example for the rest of the world. you see, in a world of complex threats, our security, our leadership depends on all elements of our power, including strong and principled diplomacy. american diplomacy has rallied more than 50 countries to prevent nuclear materials from falling into the wrong hands, and allowed us to reduce our own reliance on cold war stockpiles. american diplomacy backed by the threat of force is why syria's chemical weapons are being eliminated.
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and we will continue to work with the international community to usher in the future the syrian people deserve, a future free of dictatorshidictatorship and fear. as we speak, the american policy is supporting them as they end the conflict there, to achieve dignity in an independent state for palestinians, and lasting peace and security for the state of israel. a jewish state that knows america will always be at their side. and it is american diplomacy backed by pressure that has halted the progress of iran's nuclear program and rolled back parts of that program for the
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very first time in a decade. as we gather here tonight iran has begun to eliminate its stockpile of higher levels of enriched uranium. it's not installing advanced centrifuges. unprecedented inspections help the world verify every day that iran is not building a bomb. and with our allies and partners, we're engaged in negotiations to see if we can peacefully achieve a goal we all share, preventing iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. these negotiations will be difficult. they may not succeed. we are clear eyed about iran's
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support for terrorist organizations like hezbollah which threatens our allies, and we're clear about the mistrust between our nations. mistrust that cannot be wished away. but these negotiations don't rely on trust. any long term deal we agree to must be based on verifiable action that convinces us and the international community that iran is not building a nuclear bomb. if john f. kennedy and ronald reagan could negotiate with the soviet union, surely a strong america could negotiate with less powerful adversaries today. the sanctions that we put in place help make this opportunity possible. but let me be clear, if this congress sends me a new
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sanctions bill now that threatens to derail these talks, i will veto it. for the sake of our national security, we must give diplomacy a chance to succeeds. if iran's leaders do not seize this opportunity then i will be the first to call for more sanctions. and stand ready to make sure iran does not build a nuclear weapon. but if iran's leaders do seize the chance, we'll know soon enough, iran could take an important step to rejoin the community of nations and we will resolve one of the leading security challenges of our time without the risks of war. now, finally, let's remember that our leadership is defined not just by our defense against
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threats but by the enormous opportunities to do good, and promote understanding around the globe, forge greater cooperation, to free people from fear and want. and no one is better positioned to take advantage of those opportunities than america. our alliance with europe remains the strongest the world has ever known from tunisia to burma, we're supporting those who are willing to do the hard work of building democracy. in ukraine, we stand for the principle that all people have the right to express themselves freely and peacefully. and they have a say in their country's future. across africa, we're bringing together businesses and governments to double access to electricity and help end extreme poverty. in the america's we're building new ties with commerce, we're
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also expanding cultural exchanges among young people. and we will continue to focus on the asia pacific. where we support our allies, shape a future of greater security and prosperity and extend a hand to those devastated by disaster. as we did in the philippines where our marines and civilians rushed to aid those battered by a typhoon, and who were creted with words like, we will never forget your kindness and god bless america. we do these things because they help promote our long term security. and we do them because we believe in the inherent dignity and equality of every human being. regardless of race or religion. creed or sexual orientation. and next week the world will see one expression of that commitment when team usa marches the red, white and blue into the
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olympic stadium and brings home the gold. my fellow americans, no other country in the world does what we do. on every issue, the world turns to us, not simply because of the size of our economy or our military might, but because of the ideals we stand for and the burdens we bear to advance them. no one knows this better than those who serve in uniform. at this time, war draws to a close, a new generation of heroes returns to civilian life. we'll keep slashing that backlog so our veterans receive the
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benefits they've earned and our wounded warriors receive the health care, including the mental health care that they need. we'll keep working to help all our veterans translate their skills and leadership in the jobs here at home. and we will all continue to join forces to honor and support our remarkable military families. let me tell you about one of those families i've come to know. i first met cory rimsburg a proud army ranger at oem haw beach on the 65th anniversary of d-day. along with some of his fellow rangers, he walked me through
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the program and the ceremony, he was a strong impressive young man, he had an easy manner, he was sharp as a tack. we joked around, took pictures and i told him to stay in touch. a few months later, on his tenth deployment cory was nearly killed by a massive roadside bomb in afghanistan. his comrades found him in a canal face down under water, shrapnel in his brain. for months he lay in a coma. the next time i met him in the hospital he couldn't speak, could barely move. over the years, he's endured dozens of surgeries and procedures. hours of grueling rehab every day. even now, cory's still blind in one eye. still struggles on his left
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side. but slowly, steadily, with the support of caregivers like his dad, craig and the community around him cory has grown stronger. day by day he's learned to speak again and stand again and walk again. and he's working toward the day when he can serve his country again. my recovery has not been easy he says. nothing in life that's worth anything is easy. cory is here tonight. and like the army he loves, like the america he serves sergeant first class cory remsberg never gives up, and he does not quit. cory.
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>> my fellow americans, men and women like cory remind us that america has never come easy. our freedom, our democracy has never been easy. sometimes we stumble we make mistakes, we get frustrated or discouraged. but for more than 200 years, we
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have put those things aside and placed our collective shoulder to the wheel of progress. to create and build and expand the possibilities of individual achievement. to free other nations from tyranny and fear, to promote justice and fairness. and equality under the law, so that the words set to paper by our founders are made real every citizen. the american we want for our kids, a rising america where honest work is plentiful and communities are strong, where prosperity is widely shared, and opportunity for all lets us go as far as our dreams and toil will take us, none of it is easy. but if we work together, if we summon what is best in us the way cory summoned what is best in him, with our feet planted
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firmly in today but our eyes cast toward tomorrow, i know it is within our reach. believe it. god bless you. and god bless the united states of america. >> president barack obama in his fifth state of the union address, a speech that lasted a little more than an hour and five minutes was interrupted 80 times for applause. he said, it is you our citizens who make the state of the union strong. the president vowed to act whenever and wherever he can with a series of executive actions, his orders are mostly rather modest, though, the president tonight and senior officials at the white house today have been very light on details for some of these new initiatives like my ira starter
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saving accounts, pressed for details today, white house officials promise more details down the road. tonight president obama pressed congress to focus on a stalled immigration reform action to pass the minimum wage and to extend unemployment benefits. he defended his health care law. he received the biggest applause of the night from democrats when he said house republicans should not spend time voting 40 times repealing a law that already is helping millions of americans. he touched briefly on foreign policy, the drawdown of u.s. troops from afghanistan, promising at the end of the year, they will be drawn down with the possibility of some troops remaining to train afghans, he also vowed to veto any sanctions on iran while negotiations are continuing. five years after promising to close the detention facility at guantanamo bay, the president vowed that this, this would be
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the year gitmo would be closed. and he ended with the story of a wounded warrior, cory remsburg who received a sustained standing ovation from the house chamber, ending by saying, like cory's recovery, our democracy and freedom have never been easy, but prosperity and opportunity are achievable. let's bring back our panel once again george will, kirstin powers, a.b. stoddard and charles krauthammer. your thoughts, charles? >> well, there wasn't a lot in the speech, of course, he's playing a very weak hand. i was impressed by the fact that he delivered it with conviction, because again, there and wasn't a lot in it. i would call it the chestnut speech, there were so many old chestnuts that were shown it was almost embarrassing, he brought out stuff, he tried last year and that went nowhere with minimum wage, with this idea of
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extending unemployment insurance. when he repeated guantanamo, which is a cause he gave up on himself years ago, you knew he sort of run out of ideas. what i was surprised he didn't do is to do an overarching theme, the one that actually worked for limb in the 2012 election of this being the party of opportunity, he talked about it, but it was not an overarching theme, if he had pushed that button at the beginning as a way to remind people that that is the core idea, he has in terms of economics, and as you said, i think the most important element of the speech with regard to foreign affairs was his insistence on the iran negotiations saying he would veto and sanction the bill, if you notice, that was the most tepid applause of the evening, there was tremendous support in the house on the senate on both sides. he did say one thing that iran is eliminating its stockpile of enriched uranium, which is simply not true. turning it into an oxide, which
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is a chemical process which is reversible. so he's -- the very intent on doing this, and he tried to sell it, but not entirely correctly. >> there are 59 co sponsors of that sanctions bill, 77 on the head count in the senate, i just want to listen in real quick, see if we can hear any more of this conversation. >> i would do -- don't follow this guy. >> thank you. >> okay, a.b., your thoughts. >> i thought the speech was quite predictable. he didn't break a lot of new ground, he didn't make any surprise announcements, he took
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credit -- he tried to be upbeat, which i thought was the right thing to do, he took credit for a number of -- the number of new jobs since he took office. record level of oil production, which, of course, he can't take credit for, but this is something to be pleased about. >> on that point, keystone xl pipeline. >> never mentioned. and i thought -- i was also surprised to hear him say there's an unprecedented inspections help the world verify every day that iran is not building a bomb. he had a long laundry list of things, not mentioning gun control, nsa reform, and other controversial foppics, but he certainly had a long laundry list of things he wants congress to do or he's going to take action on his own, nothing real specific but just to try to prod them on these economic equality issues. i thought it was interesting in the end. he basically said sometimes, we get frustrated or make mistakes,
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it's never easy and it will work out, believe it. he was trying to strike a hopeful tone that he can sort of revive his relevance before he is a lame duck. >> george? >> it was an agreeably harmless talk in a sense, there were the chestnuts to which charles refers, a lot of liberalism. people like minimum wage and all that won't really change america in a meaningful way. there was an absence of what we were told to look for, which was red meat for the carnivorousous left in his own party that really wants some more excitement. i didn't hear any of that. and when he talks about what he can do with his pen. anything he does by executive order, and there were precious few intimations as to what those would be will be written on water, because any order can be undone by the next executive. on one subject, for example, he said as he usually does say,
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that too few people are going to college and colleges are too expensive. in fact, his own government recently announced that 44% of the recent college graduates who have jobs are in jobs that don't require college degrees and he's said that 28% price increase in the cost of universities, under his administration because as the federal government subsidizes higher education, the universities and colleges raise their prices to capture the subsidies. >> kirstin. >> i don't know if the white house has made any secret that what he was going to mention polled well. the things he listed off, whether it's student debt or pre-k funding are things that he brings up all the time because they poll very well. the speech was definitely oversold by the white house in the sense that we were told to expect this urgency, i really did not hear any urgency, i was expecting more of a -- we're in really dire straits and that's why i have to pull out my pen, and why i have to take things into my own hands.
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and that was really missing from the speech. >> much more to come, including the gop response from representative kathy mcmorris rogers, the highest ranking woman in the house of representatives, stay here, special fox news coverage continues after this.
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welcome back to washington, we are awaiting the republican response to the state of the union address. just outside the house chamber, a busy place right about now. >> kathy mcmorris rogers the fourth ranking republican in the house of representatives is going to deliver the goop response. she's a mom, mother of three, gave birth to a daughter a couple months ago, also has a child with special needs and house republican leaders feel like her personal narrative, her story will connect with the american people. she grew up on a farm in washington state, worked on her parents farm, worked at
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mcdonald's at one point. she has the capability to outline a hopeful message that will connect with a lot of middle class people, a lot of moms, she's not the most polished speaker here on capitol hill but she's very real, has a very real american story, and they think that will work over the president talking about his pen and liz phone. they think kathy mcmorris rogers will connect with the american public. bret. >> live in statue airy hall, thanks. back with the panel, charles, any other thoughts, we only have a few seconds before the republican response. >> in 2008 president obama said reagan was historically consequential, what he meant was reagan changed the course of american history, he did a lot of things, tax cuts, tax reform, deregulation, et cetera, and clinton played small ball.
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when obama came into office, extremely expansive, extremely ambitious. here we are, he sounds like a president who realizes he's not going to get it done, he does the one thing, health care, which he's trying to hold up and hold back the other forces opposing it, but that's it, i think he understands, and now he's playing small ball, being a clinton and not a reagan. >> the biggest applause line for the president was dealing with women's issues, democrats really seemed to like that, for republicans, kathy mcmorris rogers offers this message from a republican point of view. >> she is a rising star among congressional republicans, and has a great story and is a great face for them. i think she's a terrific pick. it -- as for the democrats, they are going to continue in a campaign year to fire up their base of support among women and turn them out at the polls in
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november. what an honor it is for me to be with you after the president's state of the union. tonight we honor america, a nation that has witnessed the greatest rise of freedom and opportunity our world has ever seen. a nation where we are not defined by our limits, but by our potential. and a nation where a girl who worked at the mcdonald's drive through to help pay for college can be with you from the united states capitol. but the most important moments right now aren't happening here, they're not in the oval office, or in the house chamber. they're in your homes. kissing your kids good night, figuring out how to pay the bills, getting ready for tomorrow's doctor's visit, waiting to hear from those you love serving in afghanistan, or searching for that big job interview. after all, we the people have been the foundation of america
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since our earliest days. people from all walks of life and from all corners of the world, people who come to america because here no challenge is too great, and no dream too big. that's the genius of america. tonight the president made more promises that sound good. but won't actually solve the problems facing americans. we want you to have a better life, the president wants that too. but we part ways when it comes to how to make that happen. so tonight i'd like to share a more hopeful republican vision, one that empowers you, not the government, it's one that champions free markets and trusts people to make their own decisions, not a government that decides for you. it helps working families rise above the limits of poverty and protects our most vulnerable, and it's one where washington plays by the same rules that you do. it's a vision that is fair and
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offers the promise of a better future for every american. if you would have told me as a little girl that i would one day put my hand on the bible and be sworn in as the 200th woman to serve in the house of representatives, i wouldn't have thought it possible. i grew up working on my family's orchard and fruit stand in kettle falls, a small town in eastern washington, getting up before dawn with my brother to pick apples. my dad drove a school bus and my mom worked as the part time bookkeeper. they taught me to work hard, help others and always, always dream for more. so when i showed my 4-h animals at the county fair, my parents used to say to me, cathy, you need to save this money so you can go to college one day. and so i did, i saved. i worked hard, and i became the first in my family to graduate from college. but you have to go from
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washington to this one was unexpected. i came to congress to empower people, not politicians, to grow the working middle class, not the government. and to ensure that everyone in this country can find a job. because a job is so much more than a paycheck. it gives us purpose, dignity and the foundation to build a future. i was single when i was elected. but it wasn't long before i met brian, a retired navy commander, and now we have three beautiful children, one who was born just eight weeks ago. like all parents, we have high hopes and dreams for our children, but we also know what it's like to face challenges. three days after our son was born, cole, we got news no parent expects. cole was diagnosed with downs syndrome. the doctors told us he could
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have endless complications, heart defects even early alzheimer's. they told us all the problems. but when we looked at our son, we saw only possibilities. we saw a gift from god, and today we see a 6-year-old boy who dances to bruce springsteen, who reads above grade level and who is the best big brother in the world. we see all the things he can do, not those he can't. and cole and his sisters have only made me more determined to see the potential in every human life, that whether we're born with an extra chromosome or without a dollar to our name, we are not defined by our lemons but by our potential. because our mission not only as republicans, but as americans is to once again ensure that we are not bound by where we come from, but empowered by what we can become.
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that is the gap republicans are working to close. it's a gap we all face between where you are and where you want to be. the president talks a lot about income inequality. but the real gap we face today is one of opportunity and equality, and with this administration policyies, the gp has become far too wide. we see it in our neighbors who are struggling to find jobs, a husband who's now working just part time, a child who drops out of college because she can't afford tuition, a parent who are outliving their life savings. last month, more americans stopped looking for a job than found one. too many people are falling further and further behind because right now the president's policies are making people's lives harder.
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republicans had plans to close the gap. plans that will focus on jobs first without more spending, government bailouts and red tape, every day we're working to expand our economy one manufacturing job, nursing degree and small business at a time. we have plans to improve our education and training systems so you have the choice to determine where your kids go to school so college is affordable. and skills training is modernized. and yes, it's time to honor our history of legal immigration. we're working on a step by step solution to immigration reform by first securing our borders and making sure america will always attract the best, brightest and hardest working from around the world. and with too many americans living paycheck to paycheck, we have solutions to help you take home more of your pay through lower taxes, cheaper energy costs, and affordable health
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care. not long ago, i got a letter from betty in spokane who had hoped the president's health care law would save her money. but found out instead her premiums were going up nearly $700 a month. we've all talked to too many people who received cancellation notices they didn't expect or who can no longer see the doctors they always have. no, we shouldn't go back to the things -- the way things were, but this law is not working. republicans believe health care choices should be yours, not the governments. and that whether you're a boy with downs syndrome or a woman with breast cancer, you can find coverage and a doctor who will treat you. so we hope the president will join us in a year of real action by empowers people, not by making their lives harder, with unprecedented spending, higher taxes and fewer jobs, as wheres,
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we advance these plans every day, because we believe in a government that trusts people and doesn't limit where you finish because of where you started. had a is what we stand for, it's for an america that is every bit as compassionate as it is exceptional. if we're successful years from now, our children will say that we rebuilt the american dream. we built a working middle class that could take in anyone, and a workforce that could take on the world. whether you're a girl in kettle falls or a boy from brooklyn, our children should be able to say that we closed the gap. our plan is one that dreams big for everyone and turns its back on no one. the president said many things tonight, but now i ask him to
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listen to you. for the true state of the union lies in your heart, and in your home. tomorrow i'll watch my son cole get on the school bus. others will wait in the doctor's office or interview for that first job. some of us will celebrate new beginnings, others will face great challenges. all of us will wake up and do what is uniquely american. we will look forward to the balance potential that lies ahead. we will give thanks to the brave men and women who have answered america's call to freedom like sergeant jacob hest from spokane, who recently gave his life to protect all of ours. tonight i simply offer a prayer, a prayer for sergeant hess's family, your family and for our larger american family that with the guidance of god we may prove
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ourselves worthy of his blessings of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. for when we embrace these gifts, we are each doing our part to form a more perfect union. may god guide you and our president and may god continue to bless the united states of america. >> representative cathy mcmorris rogers from washington state, the highest ranking woman of the house of representatives delivering the republican response, lasting just over ten minutes. it's always a tough act to follow. mcmorris rogers confronted the president's focus on income equality, saying real gap we face today is one of opportunity inequality, focusing on republican solutions throughout that speech, calling for immigration reform in a step by step plan starting with securing the borders, also focusing on education to close the gap.
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we're back with our panel. george, your thoughts? >> she has the difficult task of reading the response that's put on the teleprompter hours, days weeks before the president speaks. i don't think anyone did any harm tonight, there's an old nursery rhyme, the cow kicked nellie in the belly, it didn't do anyone good it didn't do anyone harm. >> that's a rhyme? >> i think she -- the response was a good response in the sense that i think she offered a nice face to the republican party, different from what people are used to seeing, i think that's why they chose a rising star woman to be the person who spoke. she didn't do any harm, she didn't get into any attacks on
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the president. she laid out her personal story and the vision of the republican party. >> it's interesting, there have been recent leaders in the party, senator rubio, house majority leader eric cantor and others who are trying to make sure they're talking about economic opportunity for the working poor and the poor and what policies the party is going to propose to try to help address the challenges of entering the middle class, which as kirstin pointed out, the president didn't spend that much time discussing tonight. i was struck by the sentence that says, as republicans we advance these plans, we believe in a government that trusts people, i thought it was a very nice not super critical, super negative address, and i think it was a really good tone. >> i think that it's right, it wasn't a night of appearances, the press had a lot of details, there was no overarching
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substance, the speech that we just heard, which is always a difficult one to do, was really a homily to the principles of conservatism, had no specifics at all, but i thought it did what it had to do, which was to show a gentler, kinder gentler conservatism. >> it also comes on a day when senators lamar alexander and tim scott move forward on school choice saying that's where the gap lies. panel, thank you. senator rand paul live in studio when we come back.
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president's address? >> i was kind of underwhelmed. to hear him talk about the state of the economy, you think, there's not still 20,000 people out of work, underemployed, can't get a job. quit looking for a job. what policies will work to get people jobs, to get job creation going, i think i heard more of the same, it's maybe not gotten -- made the problem any better. >> what about this call for executive actions as opposed to, if congress doesn't act on these items that he's going to move on his own? >> i get a feeling that we're being given a threat or a certain sense of arrogance that, you know, it's sort of my way or the highway. i don't think that's a very conciliatory tone, it's not a tone that will help us get anything done. i personally think there are things we can agree on. >> like what? >> republicans and democrats agree on two out of ten issues. let's work on them. repay trayation, profit earned
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over seas by american companies, let it come back at a low rate, 5%, instead of 35%. we could put that in infrastructure, that can be done, it's not going to be part of overall tax reform. he would do it, he would only do it if he could get rid of some business expenses for oil and gas, oil and gas is one thriving sector that's driving employment in our country. he wants to raise taxes on the oil and gas industry. >> to hear the white house talk about it, they say if the president fully pushes something, and endorses something, that republicans, many of them on the conservative side run away from it, how do you respond to that? >> democracy is messy, legislation is messy, it's always been that way. if hen watts to pass something, he needs to come and talk to us. i'm a republican, i'm conservative, i've told the president to his face at the white house, i will work with you. i recorded a message a few minutes ago. i will work with him.
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he has to come highway. i've got a phone and pen, if you don't give me what i want, i'll do it anyway. that is the tone of a bully. >> what prompted to you take your own message? is the republican response from morris rogers not effective enough? >> i thought she did a great job. i thought mike lee did a great job. i think it's today's technology to drive this. i've done a response every year i've been here. it's not something new for us. it's is that we have a million and a half people on facebook and people who receive our update. he do video messages so to me it's a natural extension of that. there are many republican messages. you'd probably hear a lot of the same things. >> do you think immigration reform moves forward with house republicans?
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>> if he narrows his focus and what i've proposed is that we do expand work visas gradually by each year voting. each year, is the border more secure? and if it is, we keep expanding work visas to try to encompass those that are here and those worker that's we need. you made statements and asked questions about womens' issues and talked about president clinton. any thoughts about those statements? >> what is funny is that people say why is he bringing up bill clinton from 20 years ago? i didn't bring it up. if you've got to stand up for your wife you better stand up for your wife. but i think there is a huge amount of media attention towards bill clinton and his affairs this wasn't an affair.
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this was a work place sexual harassment. democrats want to be high and mighty. they're the party to champion women? their standard bearer was committing work place kind of violence we should be opposed to. >> let's see what americans think. shannon green is here. >> let's talk about where we saw greatest intensity of the night the time when most votes were registering. one of the moments came when the president mentioned new health care law what. might surprise some is that republicans, democrats and independents dialled back whit came to that topic. where did everyone agree? well there was a spike across the board when talking about our defense and military systems saying the as we reform we have to keep faith in our men and women in uniform and when the president talked about supporting our veterans
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big slips tonight? one of the drastic came when the president said, quote, debate is settled, climate change is a fact. republican approval dove into single digits, independents were slightly higher but democrats way up. 60%. >> thank you. >> we'll talk live with house budget committee chairman paul ryan right after this.
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paul ryan is another interested party in tonight's event and he was there in the chamber, congressman, thank you for being here >> you bet >> your thoughts on the speech? >> i didn't hear any new ideas only new ideae president asked private employers to give all employees a raise. but knowing the
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president, i know a lot of his speeches i think for him that wasn't very combative. i think he was trying to dial back the nature of his speech. there wasn't a new idea here. if his policies, which have been in place five years were so successful we might be willing to entertain. that but hooes he's saying let's just keep go doing more of the same. what bothered me is this notion if congress doesn't pass a law then i'm going to do it myself. look, bret when we get sworn into office you raise your hand and swear an oath to the constitution. that is going around the constitution. who he he says and does theegs things that in my opinion is a violation of the oath. >> what in your opinion can the president, administration work with congress to get across the finish line? >> well, first of all, i think
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his comments about the military were very appropriate. we've been fighting to fix the military budget and we're worried about that. boy like to think maybe those comments would lead to the fact we're not going to be cut together military so much. second on energy, sort of taking credit for the energy boom. and then, talking about all regulations and cap and trade and carbon things he's going to do which will hurt the energy renaissance we want to stop the government from stopping the energy renaissance from occurring. immigration reform, as you mentioned, is one of the areas where we're going to do a different bill, we're not going accept their bill. if he wants to go with the house that requires border sek interior enforcement, it's got to be done. if he's willing to agree to the terms then maybe we can
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get something done like our budget agreement. we said no all the way through. they got it on our terms. that is what meeting in the middle is all, but if he does it my way or the highway then we're going to have a problem. >> congressman you worked with senator patty murray and got a lot of grief from some in your party. is there a split in the republican party that is widening? do you think there are more more republicans coming together, unifying ahead of a mid term election? >> i do believe we're unifying. we're all moving our principles in the right direction. some of us aren't just moving as far as we want to go. and so, we don't want to let it be perfect or good. but moving in the right direction we wanted to cut spending and lower deficit we did it. not nearly as far as any of us want to go but what's happening in the republican party is a great, vigorous
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debate about ideas and solutions. rand paul put great ideas out there we have a vibrant debate about creating jobs, increasing upward mobility. all of the things are happening on our side of the aisle. what i got from the president was stale, old ideas that have been disproven that don't work. obamacare is another issue. i think the president you have gave a public service announcement for obamacare. there are real problem was this law. the law was sold to the american people under false pretenses he didn't own up to. that that is one of the areas i think he glossed over it this, is an issue hurting a lot of families. so, debate is on our side of the aisle. ideas on our side of the aisle f he just keeps pushing the same stuff we're going to be where we are now, a bad economy. >> representative paul ryan joining from yous capitol hill. congressman, thank you for being here >> thanks, bret.
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>> president's address was a recap of his second term agenda. calling for action on climate change and his health care plan. we'll have wrap ups on our special report. thank you for watching our special report, i'm bret baier in washington.

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