Rubio staff, tea party forces treading carefully before Tuesday
February 11th, 2013
03:56 PM ET
1 year ago

Rubio staff, tea party forces treading carefully before Tuesday

Washington (CNN) – Both sides from the dueling responses to the president’s State of the Union speech are treading carefully heading into Tuesday.

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, is giving the official Republican response to the president’s speech. Rubio’s colleague, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, will deliver the reaction from the Tea Party Express.

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Parents of slain Chicago teen to attend State of the Union
February 11th, 2013
01:30 PM ET
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Parents of slain Chicago teen to attend State of the Union

(CNN) - The parents of Hadiya Pendleton, the 15-year-old Chicago girl shot and killed in Chicago last month, will be guests in first lady Michelle Obama's box at Tuesday's State of the Union, a White House official told CNN.

Pendleton was killed just a week after she performed in the festivities surrounding President Barack Obama's second inauguration. The first lady attended her funeral on Saturday.

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Obama Chicago visit will include talk of economy, guns
February 10th, 2013
04:37 PM ET
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Obama Chicago visit will include talk of economy, guns

(CNN) - President Barack Obama will return to his adopted home of Chicago Friday for an event highlighting the economic plans that will be delivered during his State of the Union speech, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said on Sunday.

At the event, Obama will also discuss the rampant gun violence in Chicago, where over 500 people were murdered last year, according to authorities.

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February 10th, 2013
03:48 PM ET
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Medal of Honor recipient Romesha to be guest of first lady at State of the Union

(CNN) - Former Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha, who will be awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony Monday afternoon, will also be honored by the Obamas as a guest of the first lady at Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, administration officials tell CNN.

Romesha, who left the Army in 2011, will be only the fourth living service member from the war in Afghanistan to be awarded the Medal of Honor, three other troops having been given this highest of honors posthumously.

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State of the Union to focus on jobs, wages and the economy
February 10th, 2013
03:12 PM ET
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State of the Union to focus on jobs, wages and the economy

Washington (CNN) – When President Barack Obama delivers the first State of the Union address of his second term Tuesday, he'll return to the topic that's proven to be the most lasting dilemma of his presidency: jobs and the economy.

Administration officials describe the State of the Union as part of a "two-act play," where the "inaugural carries the vision and themes of the second term, and the State of the Union puts meat on the bones" with policy.

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February 10th, 2013
10:44 AM ET
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Video: Obama to make State of the Union case

(CNN) – Obama will focus on "pocketbook" issues in his State of the Union speech Tuesday. CNN's Athena Jones reports.

Tucson Shooting Hero to be honored at State of the Union
January 24th, 2011
08:34 AM ET
3 years ago

Tucson Shooting Hero to be honored at State of the Union

Washington (CNN) – It is a Washington ritual at the State of the Union address. The president honors special guests by inviting them to sit alongside the first lady in her reserved box in the House chamber.

This year the special guests will include at least one of the heroes from the tragic Tucson shooting. White House spokesman Nick Shapiro tells CNN Daniel Hernandez, the intern who assisted Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after she was shot in the Safeway parking lot, will join First Lady Michelle Obama for the speech.
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Top senators to sit together at 'State of the Union' address
January 16th, 2011
11:05 AM ET
3 years ago

Top senators to sit together at 'State of the Union' address

WASHINGTON (CNN) – In a symbolic gesture toward more civil political discourse, Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer and Republican Sen. Tom Coburn said Sunday that they will sit together at the upcoming State of the Union address.

Appearing on the NBC program "Meet the Press," Schumer and Coburn called for political debate based on issues and ideology, rather than motives and personal attacks, in the aftermath of the Tucson, Arizona, shootings last week that killed six people and critically injured a Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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Republican leader backs SOTU seat mix up
January 14th, 2011
01:03 PM ET
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Republican leader backs SOTU seat mix up

Baltimore (CNN) – The No. 3 House Republican endorsed the suggestion Friday that Democrats and Republicans sit side-by-side at the president's State of the Union address later this month.

"I like the idea," House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy told reporters.  McCarthy did not say he or other GOP leaders were instructing Republican rank and file to seek out seats on the House floor next to Democrats.
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Bipartisan State of the Union seating gets traction
2010 State of the Union address
January 13th, 2011
09:20 PM ET
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Bipartisan State of the Union seating gets traction

Washington (CNN) - Colorado Democratic Sen. Mark Udall's idea of having members of both political parties sit next to each other at this year's State of the Union address is gaining traction - some positive and some negative.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Udall's "thoughtful suggestion" is worth "serious consideration."
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