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President Delivers Seventh and Final State of the Union Address

On Tuesday, 44th President of the United States Barack Obama delivered his seventh and final State of the Union address. During the speech, the President focused on the progress made during his tenure in office and his vision for the future of the country. He focused on his economic record – 70 straight months of private-sector job growth, lower unemployment, and the shrinking deficit – as well as overcoming the nation’s partisan divide. He specifically highlighted reducing prescription drug and heroin abuse as one issue on which he wants to work with Congress. Perhaps most notable was the President’s commitment to finding a cure for cancer once and for all. Obama announced that Vice President Joe Biden will lead this effort. Accelerating a cure for cancer has been a focus of the Vice President since he lost his oldest son to brain cancer last year. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley delivered the official GOP response to the State of the Union, focusing largely on the national security and the President’s foreign policy. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) delivered a response in Spanish, and Rep. Wayne Allyn Root (R-Nev.) delivered a response on behalf of the Tea Party. Following the President’s address, Republicans departed for Baltimore for the party’s annual policy retreat to discuss their platform for the 2016 Presidential election year.

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