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AirTalk political analysts break down President Trump’s first State of the Union




U.S. President Donald J. Trump delivers the State of the Union address as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Speaker of the House U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (R) look on in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC.
U.S. President Donald J. Trump delivers the State of the Union address as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Speaker of the House U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (R) look on in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC.
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President Trump stuck mostly to the script on Tuesday night as he delivered a one hour and 20 minute long State of the Union address to Congress.

Amid calls for unity and bipartisanship, the president turned his focus for 2018 toward two major issues: infrastructure and immigration. Polling showed the message connected with two-thirds of viewers, but Congressional Democrats largely panned the speech.

For more on the State of the Union from NPR’s Domenico Montanaro, click here.

Guests:

Caroline Heldman, associate professor of politics at Occidental College and author of “Protest Politics in the Marketplace: Consumer Activism in the Corporate Age” (Cornell University Press, 2017); she tweets @carolineheldman

Lanhee Chen, research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and former policy director for the Romney-Ryan 2012 presidential campaign; he tweets @lanheechen