Excerpts: Obama's State of the Union remarks
February 12th, 2013
06:00 PM ET
2 years ago

Excerpts: Obama's State of the Union remarks

(CNN) - Excerpts of President Barack Obama's Tuesday evening State of the Union address show he will address the economy and say his proposals will not "increase our deficit by a single dime."

The excerpts, as released by the White House, are after the jump.

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"It is our generation's task, then, to reignite the true engine of America's economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.

It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.

It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few; that it encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation of ours."

"A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs – that must be the North Star that guides our efforts. Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation: How do we attract more jobs to our shores? How do we equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs? And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?"

"Tonight, I'll lay out additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework both parties agreed to just 18 months ago. Let me repeat – nothing I'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It's not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth."


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Paul

    Wow, SOMEBODY was trying to use stuff from the Gettysburg Address...

    February 12, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  2. Chuck

    Hoew about the cuts to ease the existing deficit??? Where are they??

    February 12, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  3. TallinOK

    "Tonight, I'll lay out additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework both parties agreed to just 18 months ago. Let me repeat – nothing I'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It's not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth."

    Notice the word 'should' instead of 'won't.'

    February 12, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. Adak95

    Where are the spending cuts?

    February 12, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  5. Brenda delano

    Talk is so cheap in washington.untill this nation turns back to the almighty god we will not truly prosper.

    February 12, 2013 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  6. conservative az

    This president is the beginning of the end of the world. Great job liberals can't wait for hell to start as the country shuts down and marital law is inacted to restart under a dictator. I guess all is fair as long as we all have the same.

    February 12, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  7. king Zeal

    Obama is a man choosen by the Gods them self.
    He has our future @ heart.
    Ple friends and foes let's support Him.
    War came from HEAVEN.

    February 12, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  8. Abigail

    Prep obama is now hitting his stride. Next mid-term election democrats take over the house! Then the final two years of his would be a slam dunk!

    February 12, 2013 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  9. Bonnie Beaver

    There is no excuse for not putting everyone on medical who has no other full coverage insurance. It only makes sense to use in a benefitial way the mechanisms already in place to keep hundreds of thousands of people safely covered medically, while stre!amliining a modern system

    February 12, 2013 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  10. Jeff

    "It's not a bigger government we need"

    Really Mr. Obama? Pretty much everything you have done since you took office contradicts that.

    February 12, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  11. DuluthMN

    Get the binoculars out because pigs will fly tonight.

    February 12, 2013 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |