(CNN) – U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords took a few steps into the House chamber and absorbed a 90-second standing ovation before the State of the Union address Tuesday night, the eve of her resignation to focus on recovering from her shooting last year.
Giffords, escorted by colleagues including her friend U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, smiled and waved as attendees stood and cheered, with some chanting "Gab-by! Gab-by!"FULL STORY
(CNN) – Republicans said Tuesday night that President Barack Obama's "trickle-down government" has held back, rather than speed up, economic recovery.
"When President Obama claims that the state of our union is anything but grave, he must know in his heart that this is not true," said Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels - citing high debt and unemployment above 8% - in the official GOP response to the State of the Union address.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama launches a three-day swing through key election states Wednesday after declaring in what could be his final State of the Union address that the nation was strengthening but must confront the defining issue of preserving the American dream.
In the speech Tuesday night to a joint sitting of Congress, Obama offered both his administration's priorities for the coming year and his campaign messaging for his re-election bid in November.FULL STORY
New York (CNNMoney) - For the third year in a row energy played a central role in President Obama's State of the Union address, with the president leaning hard this year on the twin themes of increased domestic oil and gas production and the need to invest more in renewable sources.
"Right now, American oil production is the highest that it's been in eight years," said Obama. "Not only that - last year, we relied less on foreign oil than in any of the past sixteen years."FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama announced Tuesday the creation of a new trade enforcement unit that will be tasked with investigating unfair trade practices in countries, he said, "like China."
It was one of a handful of comments on international issues the president made during his annual State of the Union address, which mostly focused on domestic matters and the economy.FULL STORY
(CNN) - President Barack Obama delivers his annual State of the Union address Tuesday night in Washington. Check back here for updates from CNN reporters and producers on Capitol Hill and at the White House. Also tune into CNN for live coverage of the speech beginning at 8 p.m. ET, and afterward for a full wrap-up with reaction and analysis anchored by Anderson Cooper.
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10:52 p.m. ET – GOP Rep. Flake on helping Rep. Giffords stand during Democratic applause lines during the president's address: "It was the least I could do."
10:50 p.m. ET - Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain delivers a tea party response to the State of the Union. Watch here.
10:44 p.m. ET – Daniels ended by laying out a broad theme of the upcoming year for Republicans, who will be working to defeat President Obama and win seats in Congress.
"Republicans in 2012 welcome all our countrymen to a program of renewal that rebuilds the dream for all, and makes our ‘city on a hill’ shine once again.”
Washington (CNN) - In what could be his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama on Tuesday will call keeping alive the American dream "the defining issue of our time" and pledge to fight obstruction by congressional Republicans.
The speech to a joint sitting of Congress is an annual evening of political pageantry, but the stakes are higher this year with Obama's re-election on the line in November.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday is more than a blueprint for fixing the economy, as Democratic aides like to describe it. It's a political speech that will frame the President's re-election message as a choice between two different visions for the future of the country and the role of government.
The President's campaign does not want this election to be a referendum on the president and his stewardship of the economy. That, for them, would be bad. Instead, they want a contrast campaign between a GOP they can define as allied with wealthy interests – the same kind of forces that brought the economy to its knees in 2008 – versus a President who will fight for regular working Americans.
Capitol Hill (CNN) – As Congress prepares for President Barack Obama's State of the Union, the hottest seats of the night in the House chamber - other than those in the first lady or the speaker’s boxes - are the coveted seats along the center aisle where members can personally greet the president when he walks in, and, of course, be seen by a national television audience.
Members who arrived early to grab one of only a handful of those prime aisle seats know the drill – they were the same ones who could be spotted on TV at last year's State of the Union: New York Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel, Texas Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (sporting bright green to allow easy spotting by the cameras), Ohio Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich, and Ohio Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt.
(CNN) - The White House released a guest list Tuesday for the first lady's box at the State of the Union address, along with short biographies of each guest.
Among the guests are Captain Mark Kelly, husband of Congresswoman Gabreille Giffords, and Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs.
The full list is pasted after the jump.