President Barack Obama pitched new ideas to stimulate the economy, urged bipartisan approaches and emotionally called for legislative movement on gun control. The president continued to hone in on climate control, and laid out ideas for improvements in education.
Still, economics played a major role in each subject he discussed. Plans for new programs and investments were accompanied by statements about how the U.S. could save money for the future and assurances that new plans would not increase U.S. debt. The speech, which started on what some have called a campaign-esque note, ended with an emotional appeal for gun control reform, and a personalized vocalization that everyone should “have a simple vote.”
In his response to the presidential State of the Union, Republican Senator Marco Rubio called for the end of tax increases. He also urged the president to consider the middle class, who he said would suffer in the wake of deficit spending and restricting free enterprise.
Which of President Obama’s plans seem most feasibly executable? Are the president’s economic promises out of reach? How does the Republican response affect your perspective of the State of the Union?
Jonathan Wilcox, Republican Strategist; former speech writer for Governor Pete Wilson
Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist; former senior Obama advisor in 2008, who now runs the Los Angeles office for the Dewey Square Group