January 28th, 2014
12:11 PM ET
11 months ago

14 reasons to watch CNN for State of the Union

1.  Our depth, experience, analysis and reach: And if that's not enough, we've invited a lot of other insightful people into the conversation. While our special coverage on TV begins at 7 p.m. ET, the speech starts at 9 p.m. ET, and you can watch 24/7 on CNN.com and our apps.

2. Take our coverage with you: Besides our special TV programming, anyone can watch the speech on CNN.com and the CNN mobile apps.

3. Pizza, wings and the President: Political reporter Peter Hamby, Republican strategist Tim Miller and former Obama White House spokesman Tommy Vietor react to the speech as it's delivered on an alternative livecast. Join them by tweeting with hashtag #CNNSotu.

4. More on your phone or tablet: Load up our live blog, where we’ll have what Obama says and analysis it as it happens, tapping our experts and the buzz in the social world.

5. Do you have a Magic Wall? I didn't think so. This powerful supercomputer run by political mastermind John King has set CNN’s live political coverage apart from others. King will use it to show how the balance of power could tip in the 2014 midterm and gubernatorial elections.
John King using the Magic Wall

6. What about a virtual studio? We’ve got that, too. It's kind of like a lab. CNN’s cutting-edge technology is sending Tom Foreman back to virtual reality to check the President’s claims on income inequality using advanced statistical analysis and state-of-the-art data visualization.

7. We've even got reaction from inside Iran: CNN chief national security correspondent Jim Sciutto will have live, exclusive reports from Tehran as Iran begins to implement its part of the U.S. nuclear agreement.

8.  Real-time reaction from influential voters: As the first to vote, Iowans have an outsized influence in presidential primaries. Suzanne Malveaux will moderate a focus group in Des Moines, Iowa, where voters will be reacting to Obama's speech as he's delivering it.

9. Instant polling: We’ll be taking the nation's pulse of the nation immediately after the speech. Watch for that in the 11 p.m. hour.

10. We’ve got the Tweet of the Union:  What’s the crowd in the room saying about the speech? Sort them out by party and gender on CNN.com/TweetoftheUnion.

11. CNN is social: @CNNPolitics will be live-tweeting the speech and coverage around it. You can join in on the conversation by tweeting with #CNNSotu.

12. Jelly! What's that? It’s just one more way for us to get your thoughts on the speech. Follow @JakeTapper on Twitter and download the app to react to his visual questions.

13. What's trending? Remember the presidential debate when mentions of Big Bird increased 800,000% on Facebook? We’ll bring you exclusive data from Facebook on what’s trending after the State of the Union address.

 14. Mire el discurso en español: On CNN en Español, correspondent Juan Carlos López will offer post-analysis with a team of experts, and anchor Fernando del Rincón will host a special presentation of “Conclusiones.”

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Where's Our $24 Billion?

    Sorry, but I'll pass CNN. I trust MSNBC over all other networks. CNN used to be a non biased network, but that's changed ever since your new CEO stepped in.

    January 28, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Fair is Fair

    15. The ratings we receive from Nielson determine how much we can soak our sponsors.

    January 28, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    I'll be the first to admit that I truly DO enjoy watching our State of the Union Addresses.

    January 28, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  4. Wake up People!

    I definitely WON'T be watching it on Fox or Foxlite, but I will be watching it and enjoying it.....with a glass of wine.

    January 28, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I prefer C-SPAN myself. I prefer my political news straight and uncut.

    January 28, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  6. The REAL Truth...

    There's no point in watching it.. the FOUR responses the GOP's deems necessary will continue to be divisive, disruptive, vehemently disagree with anything from the POTUS and serve to further brainwash the rw faithful....

    January 28, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Rick McDaniel

    You are a Democratic Party owned, propagandist network.......not a true news organization.......and that is the real TRUTH!

    Anyone who doubts, is free to look up the ownership. It isn't Ted Turner's network anymore.

    January 28, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  8. Wake up People!

    Oh I won't be watching the GOP responses. Been there, done that too many times. Nothing but obstruction and criticism.

    January 28, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |