tv State of the Union 2015 FOX News January 21, 2015 12:00am-2:01am PST
welcome back to fox news coverage of president obama's state of the union address. it is the sixth time for this president. we're expecting emphasis on domestic policy as the president tries to build a legacy as a man of the middle class. but many of his ideas will be dead on arrival in the new republican controlled congress. as we wait for the president's arrival, there you see senator elizabeth warren, and joe mansion from west virginia engaged. obviously elizabeth warren saying she is not going to run for president. many of the lawmakers will be holding pencils tonight in respect, and admiration for the
french, and the "charlie hebdo" attack and the expression of free speech. as we begin down pennsylvania avenue, chief white house correspondent ed henry setting the stage. good evening, ed. >> good evening, bret. i'm told by the president's aides that they asked him to do this speech on january 20th, because it's six years to the day of his inauguration. he wants to make the case tonight that the economy has made great strides since then. as you noted, though, that could get shut out a bit by some of the international crises. from isis, still developing around the world, to the situation in yemen, where the president said he had great success going after al qaeda. finally, on the big picture, what i would note is, you've been talking about some of these plans being dead on arrival. the president's aides told me he's energetic, he believes he can get a lot done. there will be some cooperation with the republicans. the next breath they told me, look, if the republicans try to tear apart his signature issues like health care reform, he's not going to let that stand. what does that translate to? more veto threats and more
executive actions. he'll do that tonight as well, bret. >> the president is touting the economy, and he will spend a lot of this on the economy. is there a sense of the breakdown at the white house and how much this speech will be divided? >> they say it will definitely be more domestic. presidents in both parties want to talk about their agenda, international policy, national security is not always the top bid. unless you're building the case to war. we certainly saw that in the bush administration, various states of the unions. they say there will be a lot more about the economy, taxes, domestic issues and national security. they'll be talking about gitmo as well. he will reiterate his call to shut it down. specifically in isis, i think it's also interesting the president tonight will specifically call on congress to give him a new authorization of the use of military force against isis. one year ago in this same venue, he told congress that we were getting off a war footing. tonight he's doing just the
opposite, bret. >> ed henry at the blouse as we look live at the house chamber. we just saw the first lady, michelle obama, and dr. jill bid biden, they're sitting with valerie jarrett. and now sergeant at arms, announcing the president of the united states. a little premature. he is there. we are waiting on paul irvin. these are lawmakers we see every year, stake out these positions. they now have a name. they are called aisle hogs by lawmakers there in the house. representative el yoliott engel from new york is one of them. a lot of them have been sitting there for hours. because there was a rule by the new house majority leader, kevin mccarthy today, that you couldn't place placards or your purse or wallet or something, i guess you wouldn't put all that
there by yourself, but they said you couldn't reserve it. so they've actually been posting up for quite some time. as we wait on the president. they said they were going to speed this up tonight. we don't know if the speech, steve, will be sped up. we're told the president is moving, as we are looking into the chamber. >> yeah, there was a lot of talk in the leadup to the speech that this was going to be a shorter speech. but in the excerpts that we've seen, certainly it looks like it will be kind of a laundry list, even if the president suggests in the speech itself that it won't be a laundry list. >> you know, we're waiting for the president, but for the foreign policy hot spots, they're just flaring up all over the place. >> there's no question about it. today the events in yemen i think really give an opportunity for people to contrast what the president has been saying. he was using yemen as an example of how his strategies have paid off. and allowed the u.s. to avoid having to put more troops on the ground. and now we see what looks like a
coup taking place in yemen, and the positioning of u.s. warships nearby. so again, you have this going on. you have a continuing dispute with isis obviously. that terror. but the negotiations with iran, which right now are a huge subject of debate. not only among republicans and democrats, but specifically senator menendez, a democrat, former head of the foreign relations committee, challenging the president that there is a need for more sanctions. >> and this congress wants to pass sanctions thatlly would be a stop gap if the deal falls through, the negotiation, that the dissensions would be ready to go. this is in direct pushback to a president, and frankly, a british prime minister who urge congress, george, not to do this. >> it's, "a," a pushback against a prime minister that certainly bent propriety in lobbying american legislators, but also a pushback against the president in trying to push him back to
his old position. >> let's listen in, george. this is paul irving, house sergeant-at-arms. >> mr. speaker, the president of the united states! [ applause ] >> we'll listen in for a couple seconds here to see if we can hear some of these conversations. as he makes his way down the aisle. all the times that a president does this, it's still pretty amazing the pomp and circumstance of this moment. [ applause ]
[ applause ] >> and there, elliott engel, ready for his time in the sun. right there on the aisle. every year. obviously, nina, this is a different environment, because it's a republican-controlled house and senate. a republican-controlled house that has now more members under speaker boehner, and a senate that doesn't really seem to be moving forward on many of the things he's going to talk about tonight. >> that's right. i don't think any of these -- there's not a lot of agreement on these proposals that he keeps putting out. except for the exception of possibly trade.
there's not a lot of area of agreement. you think about the environment. last year, the national security environment, he didn't get to national security until three-quarters of the way through his speech. that was during the period where he had described isis as a jv player. and now we look a year later, talk about a changed environment. isis controls the second largest city in iraq, a year after he was declaring the iraq war over. we've got advisers there. and we've just seen the -- >> just a second. there's a hug between secretary of state kerry and -- different hug with the french president. >> anyway, i was going to say, the terror of isis continues. we just saw the public execution of 13 teenagers in mosul simply for watching a soccer game. we see the continued threats, beheading now of japanese citizens. these are real threats that really can't be ignored. and it's going to be very
interesting to see if the president -- this request to get authorization of force marked politically on his part, it may not mean a lot, because he's going ahead with the war regardless, but it will be the headline, or could be the headline tomorrow. we'll see what else is in his speech. >> he talks there to the joint chiefs. talking to the supreme court justices there. i think i saw six of them there. only five of the nine went last year. of course, you remember the supreme court dust-up in 2010 when justice alito said, not true, in response to one line about the citizens united case. as the president gets ready to speak, final word here, steve. is this a big deal? >> it's not nearly the big deal that it has been in the past, for a president in his first term. you know, he's going to talk a lot tonight about turning the page. i think the case he has to make is that things are truly different. he's coming off a very difficult first two years of his second term when he was bogged down
with the republican congress that disagreed with him on just about everything, and scandals. and had to answer for those. he's going to say we've turned the page. that we've turned the page on economy, and national security. nina pointed out, i think that will be tough for him. the war is over, but he's going back for another authorization of use of military force. >> first lady michelle obama has 26 guests. and they will be woven into the speech tonight. let's listen in. >> i have the high privilege and distinct honor of presenting to you the president of the united states. >> thank you so much. [ applause ] >> thank you. thank you so much. please. mr. speaker, mr. vice president,
members of congress, my fellow americans, we are 15 years into this new century. 15 years dogged with terror touching our shores, that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars, that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation, and the world. it has been and still is a hard time for many. but tonight we turn the page. tonight, after a break-through year for america, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999. [ applause ]
>> our unemployment rate is now lower than it was before the financial crisis. more of our kids are graduating than ever before. more of our people are insured than ever before. [ applause ] >> and we are as free from the grip of foreign oil as we've been in almost 30 years. [ applause ] >> tonight, for the first time since 9/11, our combat mission in afghanistan is over.
[ applause ] >> six years ago, nearly 180,000 troops served in iraq and afghanistan. today, fewer than 15,000 remain. and we salute the courage and sacrifice of every man and woman in this 9/11 generation who have served to keep us safe. we are humbled and grateful for your service. [ applause ] [ applause ] >> america, for all that we have
endured, for all the grit and hard work required to come back, for all the tasks that lie ahead, know this, the shadow of crisis has passed, and the state. union is strong. [ applause ] >> at this moment, with the growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, blooming energy production, we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on earth. it's now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next 15 years, and for decades to come. but we accept an economy where only a few of us do
spectacularly well. or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort. [ applause ] >> will we approach the world fearful, and reactive, dragged into constant conflicts that strain our military and set back our standings, or will we lead wisely, using all elements of our power to defeat new threats and protect our planet. will we allow ourselves to be sordid in the factions, and turn against one another, or will we recapture the sense of common purpose that has always propelled america forward. in two weeks i will send this congress a budget, filled with ideas that are practical, not partisan, and in the months ahead i'll crisscross the country making a case for those ideas.
so tonight i want to focus less on a checklist of proposals, and focus more on the values at stake in the choices before us. it begins with our economy. seven years ago rebekah and ben erler of minneapolis were newlyweds. [ applause ] >> she waited tables, he worked construction. the first child, jack, was on the way. they were young and in love in america. and it doesn't get much better than that. if only we had known, rebekah wrote to me last spring, about what would happen to the housing and construction market, because the crisis worsened ben's job
right up. they took whatever job they could find. even if it kept him on the road for a long time. rebekah enrolled in community college and retrained for a new career. took out student loans. they sacrificed for each other. and slowly it paid off. they bought their first home. they had a second son, henry. rebekah got a better job, and then a raise. ben's back in construction. and home for dinner every night. it is amazing, rebekah wrote, what you can bounce back from when you have to. we are a strong tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times. we are a strong tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times. america, rebekah and ben's story is our story.
they represent the millions who worked hard and scrimped and sacrificed and retooled. you are the reason i ran for this office. you are the people i was thinking of six years ago today, in the darkest months of the crisis, when i stood on the steps of this capitol and promised we would rebuild our economy on a new foundation. and it has been your resilience, your effort that has made it possible for our country to emerge stronger. we believed we could reverse the tide of outsourcing and draw new jobs to our shores. and over the past five years, our businesses have created more than 11 million new jobs. [ applause ]
>> we believed we could reduce our dependence on foreign oil and protect our planet. and today, america is number one in oil and gas. america is number one in wind power. every three weeks we bring online as much solar power as we did in all of 2008. and thanks to lower gas prices, and higher fuel standards, the typical family this year should save about $750 at the pump. [ applause ] >> wzlyc believed we could prep our kids for a more competitive world. and today, our younger students have earned the highest math and reading scores on record. our high school graduation rate has hit aná more americans finish college than ever before. [ applause ]
>> we believe sensible regulations could prevent another crisis. shield families from ruin. and encourage fair competition. today we have new tools to stop taxpayer funded bailouts, and a new consumer watchdog to protect us from predatory lending. and abuse of credit card practices. and in the parent yest year alo americans have found the security of health coverage. [ applause ] >> at every step, we were told our goals were misguided, too ambitious, that we would crush jobs and explode deficits. instead, we've seen the fastest economic growth in over a
decade. our deficits cut by two-thirds. a stock market that has doubled. and health care inflation at its lowest rate in 50 years. [ applause ] >> this is good news, people. [ laughter ] [ applause ] >> so the verdict is clear. middle class economics works. expanding opportunity works. and these policies will continue to work. as long as politics don't get in the way. we can't slow down businesses or put our economy at risk with government shutdowns our fiscal
showdowns. we can't put families at risk by taking away their health insurance or unraveling the new rules on wall street, or fighting past battles on immigration when we have to fix a broken system. and if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, i will veto it. it will have earned my veto. [ applause ] >> today thanks to a growing economy, the recovery is touching more and more lives. wages are finally starting to rise again. we know that more small business owners plan to raise their employees' pay than at any time since 2007. but here's the thing. those of us here tonight, we need to set our sights higher than just making sure government doesn't screw things up. the government doesn't halt the
progress we're making. we need to do more than just do no harm. tonight, together, let's do more to restore the link between hard work and growing opportunity for every american. [ applause ] >> because families like rebekah's still need our help.m she and ben are working as hard as ever. but they've had to forgo vacations and a new car so they can pay off student loans. and save for retirem friday night pizza, that's a big splurge. basic child care for jack and henry cost more than their mortgage. and almost as much as a year at the university of minnesota.
like millions of hard-working americans, rebekah isn't asking for a handout, but she is asking that we look for more ways to help families get ahead. and in fact, at every moment of economic change throughout our history, this country has taken bold action to adapt to new circumstances. and to make sure everyone gets a fair shot. we set up worker protections, social security, medicare, medicaid, to protect ourselves from the harshest adversity. we gave our citizens schools and colleges, infrastructure, and the internet, tools they needed to go as far as their efforts and their dreams will take them. that's what middle class economics is. the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot. everyone does their fair share. everyone plays by the same set of rules.
[ applause ] >> we just don't want everyone to share in america's success, we want everyone to contribute to our success. [ applause ] >> so what does middle class economics require in our time? first, middle class economics means helping working families feel more secure in a world of constant change. that means helping folks afford child care, college, health care, a home, retirement. and my budget will address each of these issues, lowering the taxes of working families and putting thousands of dollars back into their pockets each year. [ applause ] >> here's one example.
during world war ii when men like my grandfather went off to war, having women like my grandmother in the work force was a national security priority. so this country provided universal child care. in today's economy, when having both parents in the work force is an economic necessity for many families, we need affordable high-quality child care more than ever. [ applause ] >> it's not a nice to have, it's a must have. so it's time we stop treating child care as a side issue. or as a women's issue. and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us.iim6el
[ applause ] >> and that's why my plan will make quality child care more available and more affordable for every middle class and low income family with young children in america. by creating more slots in the new tax cuts up to $3,000 per child per year. [ applause ] >> here's another example. today we are the only advanced country on earth that doesn't guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers. 43 million workers have no paid sick leave. 43 million. think about that. and that forces too many parent to make the gut-wrenching choice between a paycheck and a sick kid at home. so i'll be taking new action to help states adopt paid leave laws of their own, and leave
paid sick leave where it was on the ballot last november, let's put it to a vote right here in washington. send me a bill that gives every worker in america to earn paid sick leave. it's the right thing to do the right thing to do. [ applause ] >> of course, nothing helps families make ends meet like higher wages. that's why this congress still needs to pass a law that makes sure a woman is paid the same as a man for doing the same work. [ applause ] >> it's 2015. it's time. we still need to make sure employees get the overtime they've earned.
[ applause ] and everyone in this congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, i say this. if you truly believe you could work full-time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, try it. if not, vote to give millions of the hardest working people in america a wage. [ applause ] >> now, these ideas won't make everybody rich. won't relieve every hardship. that's not the job of government. to give working families a fair shot, we still need more employers to see beyond next quarter's earnings, and recognize that investing in the work force is in their company's long-term interest. we still need laws that strengthen rather than weaken
unions, and give american workers a voice. [ applause ] >> but, you know, things like child care, and sick leave, and equal pay, things like lower mortgage premiums, higher minimum wage, these ideas will make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of families. that's a fact. and that's what all of us, republicans and democrats alike, were sent here to do. second, to make sure folks keep earning higher wages down the road, we have to do more to help americans upgrade their skills. [ applause ] you know, america thrived in the 20th century because we made high school free. sent a generation of gis to
college, trained the best work force in the world. we were ahead of the curve. but other countries caught on. and in a 21st century economy that rewards knowledge like never before, we need to up our game. we need to do more. by the end of this decade, two in three job openings will require some higher education. two in three. and yet we still live in a country where too many bright striving young americans are priced out of the education they need. it's not fair to them, and it's sure not smart for our future. that's why i'm sending this congress a bold new plan to lower the cost of community college. to zero. [ applause ]
keep in mind, 40% of our college students choose community some are young and starting out, some are older and looking for a better job. some are veterans, and single parents trying to transition back into the job market. whoever you are, this plan is your chance to graduate ready for the new economy without a load of debt. understand you've got to earn it. you've got to keep your grades up and graduate on time. tennessee, a state with republican leadership, and chicago, a city with democratic leadership, are showing that free community college is possible. and i want to spread that idea all across america. two years of college becomes as free and universal in america as high school is today. let's stay ahead of the curve.
[ applause ] >> and i want to work with this congress to make sure those already burdened with student loans can reduce their monthly payments, so student debt doesn't derail anyone's dream.tw thanks to vice president biden's great work, we're connecting community colleges with local employers to train workers to fill high-paying jobs like coding and nursing and robotics. tonight i'm also asking more businesses to follow the lead of companies like cbs, and u.p.s., and offer more educational benefits and paid apprenticeships. opportunities to give workers the chance to earn higher paying jobs even if they don't have a higher education. as a new generation of veterans comes home, we owe them every opportunity to live the american dream they helped defend. already we've made strides toward insuring that every
veteran has access to the highest quality care. for slashing the backlog that had too many veterans waiting years to get the benefits they need. we're making it easier for vets to translate their training and experience into civilian jobs. and joining forces, the national campaign launched by michelle and jill biden -- [ applause ] >> thank you, michelle, thank you, jill. have helped thousands of veterans get a new job. [ applause ] >> let me repeat, if you want somebody who's going to get the job done, and done right, hire a veteran. [ applause ]
>> finally, as we better train our workers, we need the new economy to keep turning out highway jobs for our workers to fill. since 2010, america has put more people back to work than europe, japan, and all advanced economies combined. [ applause ] >> our manufacturers have added almost 800,000 new jobs. some of our bedrock sectors, like our auto industry, are booming. but there are also millions of americans workingu80 jobs that didn't exist 10 or 20 years ago, like google and ebay and tesla. no one knows which industries will generate the jobs of
them here in america. we know that. [ applause ] >> and that's why the third part of middle class economics is all about building the most competitive economy anywhere. the place where businesses want to locate and hire. 21st century businesses need 21st century infrastructure. modern ports, and stronger bridges, faster trains, and the fastest internet. democrats and republicans used to agree on this. so let's set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline. let's pass a bipartisan infrastructure plan that can create more than 30 times as many jobs per year and make it stronger for the economy. let's do it. let's get it done. [ applause ]
let's get it done. 21st century businesses, including small businesses, need to sell more american products overseas. today our businesses export more than ever. and exporters tend to pay their workers higher wages. but as we speak, china wants to write the rules for the world's fastest growing region. that would put our workers and our businesses at a disadvantage. why would we let that happen? we should write those rules. we should level the playing field. that's why i'm asking both parties to give me trade promotion authority to protect american workers with strong new trade deals from asia and europe that aren't just free, but that are also fair. it's the right thing to do. [ applause ]m5kl
>> look, i'm the first one to admit -- i'm the first one to admit the past trade bills haven't always lived up to the hype. that's why we've gone after countries that break the rules at our expense. but 95% of the world's customers live outside our borders. we can't close ourselves off from those opportunities. more than half of manufacturing executives have said they're actively looking to bring jobs back from china, so let's give them one more reason to get it done. 21st century businesses will rely on american science and technology, research and development. i want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era in medicine, one that delivers the right treatment at the right time. [ applause ]
>> some patients with cystic fibrosis, this approach has reversed a disease once thought unstoppable. tonight i'm wanting a new initiative to cure cancer and diabetes, and to give all of us access to the permized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier. we can do this. [ applause ] >> i intend to protect the free and open internet. extend its reach to every classroom and every community. and help folks build the fastest networks. so that the next generation of digital innovators and entrepreneurs have the platform to keep reshaping our world. i want americans to win the race for the kinds of discoveries that unleash new jobs.
converting sunlight into electric fuel. and a veteran who gafs his arms for his country, so he can play catch with his kids again. pushing out into the solar system. not just to visit, but to stay. last month we launched a new spacecraft as part of a astronauts to mars. in two g those missions, scott kelly will begin a year-long stay in space. so good luck, captain. make sure to instagram us. we're proud of you. [ applause ] >> now, the truth is, when it
comes to issues like infrastructure, andoón research, i know there's bipartisan support in this chamber. members of both parties have told me so. where we too often run onto the rocks is how to pay for these investments. as americans, we don't mind paying our fair share of taxes as long as everybody else does, too. but for far too long, lobbyists have rigged the tax code with loopholes that let some corporations others pay full freight. they've riddled it with k- don't need while denying a break to middle class families who do. this year we have an opportunity to change that. let's close loopholes, so we stop rewarding companies with key profits abroad and reward those who invest here in america. [ applause ]
>> let's use those savings to rebuild our infrastructure, and to make it more attractive for companies to bring jobs home. let's simplify the:k5 system an let a small business owner file based on her actual baze@@r(t&h% statement instead of the number of accountants she can afford.l [ applause ] and let's close the loopholes that lead to inequality by allowing the toppjgfv 1% to avo paying taxes on their accumulated wealth. we can use that money help families pay for more child care and send their kids to college. we need a tax code that truly helps wch to get a leg up in the new economy. and we can achieve that together.>úq- [ applause ]ukr >> we can achieve it together.
helping hard working families make ends meet. giving them the tools they need for good paying jobs in this new economy.tkhoo /ñ growth, and competitiveness. this is where america needs to "v i believe it's where the american people want to go.ññwi it will make our economy stronger a year from now, 15 yearst= the century ahead. of course, if there's one thing this new century has taught us, it's that we cannot separate our work here at home from the challenges beyond our shores. my first duty as commander inyç chief is to defend the united states of america.cúgx in doing so, theimw question ist whether america leads in the world, but](ky when we make rash decisions, reacting to the headlines, instead of using our heads, when
challenge is to send in omf military, then we risk getting drawn into unnecessary conflicts. and neglect the broader strategy we need for a safer, more prosperous world. that's what our enemies want us ñ i believe in a smarter kind of american leadership. we lead best when we combine military power with strong diplomacy.h when we leverage our power with coalition building. when we don't let our fears blind us to the opportunities that this new century presents. that's exactly what we're doing right now, and around the globe it is making a difference.knt first, we stand united with people around the world who have been targeted by terrorists, from a school in pakistan to the streets in paris. we will=x%4u)áut to hunt down terrorists and dismantle their networks, and we reserve the right to act>
have done relentlessly since i took office to takex'eñ out terrorists who pose threats to us and our allies. [ applause ] >> aty1q same time we've learned costly lessons over the last 13 years. instead of americans controlling trained their security forces, who have now taken the lead. and we've honored our troops' sacrifice by supporting that country's first democratic transition. instead of sending large ground forces )áqpák we're partnering with nations from south asia to north africa. to deny safe haven to terrorists who threaten america. in iraq, in syria, american leadership, including our military power, is stopping isil's advance. instead of gettingk%f$v dragged another ground war in the middle
east, we are leading a broad coalition, including arab nations, to degrade and ultimately destroy terrorist groups. [ applause ] we're also supporting a moderate opposition in syria that can help us in this effort. and assisting people everywhere who stand up to the bankrupt ideology of violent extremism. this effort will take time. it will require focus. but we will succeed. and tonight i call on this congress to show the world that we are united in this mission by passing a resolution to authorize the use of force against isil. we need that authority. second, we're demonstrating a power of american strength and diplomacy. that bigger nations can't bully the small. by opposing russian aggression, and supporting ukraine's
democracy. and reassuring our nato allies. [ applause ]n(ei÷d last year, as we were doing the hard work of imposing sanctions along with our allies, as we were reinforcing our presence, with the front line states, mr. putin's aggression, it was suggested, was a masterful display of strategy and strength. that's what i heard from some folks. well, today it is america that stands strong and united with our allies. while russia is isolated with its economy in tatters. that's how america leads. not with bluster. but with persistent, steady resolve. [ applause ]
>> you know, in cuba, we are ending a policy that was long past its expiration date. [ applause ] >> when what you're doing doesn't work for 50 years, it's time to try something new. [ applause ] and our shift in cuba policy has the potential to end a legacy of mistrust in our hemisphere, it removes the phony excuse for restrictions in cuba, stands up for democratic values, and extends the hand of friendship to the cuban people. this year congress should begin the process of ending the embargo. as his holiness pope francis has said, diplomacy is the work,61(
small steps. these small steps have added up to new hope for the future in cuba.%%nv and after years in prison, we are overjoyed that alan gross is back where he belongs. welcome home, alan. we're glad you're here. >> our diplomacy is at work with respect to iran. where for thøqq first time in a decade, we've halted the progress of its nuclear program spáerial. between now and this spring, we have a chance to negotiate a comprehensive agreement that prevents a nuclear armed iran, secures america and our allies,
including israel, while avoiding yet another middle east conflict.mçf% there are no guarantees that negotiations will succeed. and i keep all options on the table to prevent a nuclear iran. but new sanctions passed by this congress, at this moment in time, will all but guarantee the diplomacy fails. alienating america from its allies. making it harder to maintain sanctions. and ensuring that iran starts up its nuclear program again. it doesn't make sense. and that's why i will veto any new sanctions that threatens to undo this progress. [ applause ] >> the american people expect us only to go to war as a last resort. and i intend to stay true to that wisdom. third, we'rek[a
issue that has consumed us in the past that shapes the coming century. no foreign nation, no hacker should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets or invade the privacy of american families. especially our kids. [ applause ] >> we're making sure our%k pr(t% government integrates intelligence to combat cyber threats just as we have done to combat terrorism. and tonightit"çñ i urge this cos to finally pass the legislation we need to better meet the evolving threat of cyber attacks. combat identity threat, and protect our children's information. that should be a bipartisan effort. [ applause ] >> if we don't act, we'll leave
our nation and our economy vulnerable. if we do, we can continue to protect the technologies that have unleashed untold opportunities for people around the globe. in west africa, our troops, our scientists, our doctors, our nurses, our health care workers are rolling back ebola, saving countless lives, and stopping the spread of disease. [ applause ] >> i could not be prouder of them. íkf" i thank this congress for your bipartisan support of=xnú r efforts. but the job is not yet done, and the world needs to use this lesson to build a more effective global effort to prevent the spread of future pandemics, invest in smart development and eradicate extreme poverty. in the asia-pacific, we are modernizing alliances while making sure that other nations play by the rules, in how they trade, how they resolve maritime
either. but you know what? i know a lot of really good scientists at nasa, and at noaa, and at our major universities. and the best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate. and if we don't act forcefully, we'll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration and conflict and hunger around the globe. the pentagon;
>> as americans we have a profound commitment to justice. it makes no sense to spend $3 million per prisoner to keep open a prison that the world condemns and terrorists use to recruit. since i have been president we have worked to cut the population of gitmo in half. now it is time to finish the job and i will not relent in my determination to shut it down. >> it is not who we are. it is time to close gitmo. as americans we cherish our civil liberties and we need to uphold that commitment if we want maximum cooperation from other countries in our fight against terrorist networks. so while some have moved on from the debates over our
surveillance programs, i have not. as promised our intelligence agencies have worked hard with the recommendations of privacy advocates to increase transparency and build more safeguards dwens potential uh -- against potential abuse. we will issue a report on how we are keeping our promise. looking to the future instead of the past. making sure we match our power with diplomacy and use force lightly. building coalitions to meet new challenges and opportunities. leading always with the example of our values. that's what makes us exceptional. that's what keeps us strong. that's why we have to keep striving to hold ourselves to the highest of standards, our own. you know, just over a decade
ago i gave a speech in boston where i said there were no liberal americans or conservative americans. a black america and a white america. but a united states of america. i said this because i have seen it in my own life. in a nation that gave someone like me a chance. because i grew up in hawaii, the melting pot of races and customs. i made illinois my home, the state of small towns and bridge farmland, one of the world's great cities. a microcosm where democrats and republicans, good people of every ethnicity. they share certain bedrock values. over the past six years the pundits have pointed out more than once my presidency has
not delivered on this vision. how ironic they say that our politics seems more divided than ever. it has held up as proof not only my own flaws of which there are many, but as proof that the visions vision itself is misguided and naive.own who benefit from partisanship and gridlock, for us to do anything about. i know how tempting such citizens that it may be. but i still think the cynics are wrong. i still believe that we are one people. i still believe that together we can do great things, even when the odds are long. [ applause ] >> i believe this, because over and over, in my six years in
office, i have seen america at its best. i've seen the hopeful faces of young graduates from new york to california, and our newest officers at west point, annapolis, colorado springs, new ñ$@÷on.ñx=jy2c@ú: i've mourned with grieving families in tucson, and newtown. , and boston. and west texas. and west virginia. i've watched americans beat back adversity from the gulf coast to the great plains, from midwest assembly lines to the mid-atlantic seaboard. i've seen something like gay marriage go from a wedge issue used to drive us apart to a story of freedom across our country, a civil right now legal in states in ameri;cpzñ [ applause ]
>> so i know÷r÷ the good, and optimistic, and big-hearted generosity of the american people, who every day live the idea that we are our brother's keeper, and our sister's keeper. and i know they expect those of us who serve here to set a better example. so the question for those of us here tonight is how we, all of us, can better reflect america's hopes. i've served in congress with many of you. i know many of you well. there are a lot of good people here, on both sides of the aisle. and many of you have told me that this isn't what you signed up for. arguing pasts$q each other on ce shows, the constant fund-raising, always looking over your shoulder how the debates will react to every
over your shoulder how the debates will react to every decision. imagine if we broke out of these tired old patterns, imagine if we did something different. understand, a better politics isn't where democrats abandon their agenda or republicans simply embrace mine. a better politics is one where we appeal to each other's basic decency instead of our base's fears. !6 jter politics isax one wherer we debate without demonizing each other, where we talk issues and values and principles and facts, rather than)cfwn gotcha moments, or trivial txñrzámgaf fake controversies that have nothing to do with people's daily lives. [ applause ] >> a better politics is one where we spend less time
drowning in dark money for ads that pull us into the gutter, and spend more time lifting people up with a sense of purpose, and possibility.&sihu asking them to join in the great mission of building america."o if we're going to have arguments, let's have arguments. but let's make them debates worthy of this body, and worthy of this country. we still may not agree on a woman's right to choose, but surely we can agree it's a good thing that teen pregnancies and abortions are nearing all-time lows, and that every woman should have access to the health care that she needs. [ applause ] >> yes, passion still flies on ípo-l#u)*uá surely we cano(sj all see something of ourselves in the striving young student.
and agree that no one benefits when a hard-working mom is and that it's possible to shape a law that upholds our traditions as a nation of laws, ha2f'váfr i've talked to republicans and democrats about that. that's something that we can share. we may go at it in campaign season, but surely we can agree that the right to vote is sacred. that it's being denied for too many. and that on this 50th anniversary of the great march from selma to montgomery, and the passage of the voting right act, we can come together, democrats and republicans, to make voting easier for every single american. [ applause ] >> we may have different takes on the events of ferguson and new york. but surely we can understand a father who fears his son can't
walk home without being harassed. and surely we can understand the and surely we can understand the !/'( police officer she married walks through the front door at the end of his shift. and surely we can agree that it's a good thing that for the first time in 40 years, the crime rate and the incarceration rate have come down together. and use that as a starting point for democrats and republicans, jtju(qsq't to reform america's criminal justice system, so that it protects and serves all of us. [ applause ] >> that's a better politics. that's how we start rebuilding trust. that's how we move this country forward.5 that's what the am=uun people want.z that's what they deserve.
i have no more campaigns to run. my only agenda -- i know, because i won both of them. [ applause ] >> my only agenda for the next two years is the same as the one i've had since i swore an oath on the steps of this capitol, to do what i believe is best for america. if you share the broad vision i outlined tonight, i ask you to join me in the work at hand. if you disagree with parts of it, i hope you'll at least work
with me where you do agreenj and i commit to every republican here tonight that i will not only seek out your ideas, i will seek to work with you to make this country stronger. [ applause ] >> because i want this chamber, i want this city to reflect the tru truth, that for all our blind spots and shortcomings, we are a people with the strength and generosity of spirit to bridge divides.
her president, with a story that sums up these past six years. it's amazing what you can bounce back from when you have to. we are a strong tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times. my fellow americans, we, too, are a strong tight-knit family. we, too, have made it through some hard times. 15 years into this new century, we have picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off and begun again the work of remaking america. we have laid a new foundation, a brighter future is ours to write. let's begin this new chapter together. and let's start the work right now. thank you. thank you. god bfy+c'lb5kpyou. thank you. [ applause ]
>> president barack obama's sixth state of the union address, his first in front of a republican-controlled house and senate. senate. justk4!rñ over an hour. was interrupted about 76 times for applause. only a few of those with bipartisan standing ovations, one of the biggestber applause lines for democrats in the chamber, renewed call for minimum wage increase. the republicans stood up for the new trade deals. most of the president's party(b% stayed sheeted. passed, and it's time toáfx turn the p to focus on the middle class and economic opportunity with a proposals. his speech focused asctsr predi far less onj foreign policy tha domestic matters. greater threat to the future generations than climate change. on national security threats, 13 days after the "charlie hebdo" attacks in france, tied directly to al qaeda in the arabian peninsula, 12 days after the head of british intelligence
warned of massive attacks from core al qaeda in syria, and 13 1/2 years after the 9/11 attacks here, the words al qaeda were never used. the first time those words have not been used in the state of the union address since february 2001. the president did talk about going after isis terrorists, and asked congress to officially authorize that military fight against the islamic state. he said america leads in the world, not with bluster, but, quote, consistent and steady resolve. he pressed congress to lift officially the economic embargo against cuba. he said he'll not stop until the detention facility at guantanamo bay, cuba, is closed. the move the senate majority leader told me tonight this congress will do everything in its power to prevent. so no matter your party, this did not sound like a president who just took huge midterm losses just two and a half months ago. he said he has no more campaigns to run.
you heard a smattering of republican applause. but then he pledged to work with republicans. as he's leaving the chamber, let's get some initial reactions from our expanded panel. george will, ron williams, columnist with the hill, and nina, and steve hayes, senior writer for the weekly standard. george? >> the speech was not supposed to be a laundry list. paid sick leave, paid maternity leave, increased minimum wage, precision medicine initiative, increased child tax credits, second earner tax credits, that's just for starters. but beyond that, when he concluded by saying he's going to be mr. congeniality, but before he got there,e affordable care act, and any challenge to his unilateral initiatives on immigration. >> juan? >> i thought it was a pretty good speech. i thought it was conversational. ithought the president was relad. and defiant. i think that's what stands out
is that you have a president here who, as you pointed out, bret, suffered these defeats in the midterms, is speaking to fewer democrats than certain fen he started. and largely because he saw in those midterms defeats over issues like the affordable health care act, and i could go on on this front. but here he is now, with two -- >> let's listen in for a second, juan. hold on a second. >> sno from michigan in green there. sorry to interrupt. go ahead. >> not at all. i find it interesting to listen in as they have these discussions. discussions. people asking him to sign, i guess copies of the state of the but to me, the conversational
phone was in contrast to the fact that at points he was crowing here in the sixth year. here's a guy who felt like he was on the mat and is getting up now and saying, hey, look, you said these things, these goals i had for the economy were too ambitious. ambitious. i was going to get 6ázfzcrushed. unemployment's down. ÷ñfuñ health care is doing well. the affordable care÷(mq act. so that's what he's saying. and his crowing mode, ibwádon' think that played well with?ljn audience specifically. what played well, i think, is at the end, where it turned into[3 very unusualé8$$ state of the u where he was talking to the members of congress and saying, you know what, you guys didn't come here to play these kind of crazy politics that's so broken. let's try to work together where we can agree. if there's any light in this speech that will stand out beyond the moment, i think it was that tail end of the speech, state of the union where you have president obama saying, let's have debates worthy of this great body.
>> again, sheila jackson lee from texas, signing copies of the speech by members there. steve, you were shaking your head there, as you see congressman steve izio getting his program signed. his program signed. >> i agree with ron. on the president's sort of tone ofene3çtriumphalism. he said the follo %:"bl starting today we must pick starting today we must pick ourselves up,@8 and begin the work of remaking in his state of the union, he said 15 years into the new century we have picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off and done the reworking of america. there was the sense throughout the speech, present throughout the speech, but the president thinks he's really gotten the job done and going a long way to getting the job done. >> dusted off that line. >> dusted off that line. it's recycled. but the idea that this president can lecture the congress, lecture the country about a better politics i find preposterous on its face. it might have worked before he
practiced, in my view, some of the most divisive politics this country has seen in recent memory. memory. you've got his add m, his5ú whi house talking about hostage takers in%xcongress. who caulled the country cowards. that they dislike the poor, they just don't care. that the republicans actually wanted dirty air. you've got a vice president who likens tea partiers to terrorists. terrorists. now you've 5h j to practice)(([ politics? i think that's ri"djáuár @r(t&h% >> nina, he would like to work with you, republicans. unless it is about keystone, immigration, iran, or other veto threats -- >> after labeling opponents misguided, and threatening, making all those veto threats, you know, in 1996 bill clinton declared the era of big government over in a state of the union address. at that time, and this is adent smart politician, but one that worked with republicans to
balance the budget. and it showed a man evolving, a politician who evolved. and to declare that he was questioning the beneficence of washington programs. that was a huge deal. with this president, i don't see any evolving. you know, it was deja vu, almost as if there was a file folder of obama speeches back when he declared for president in 2007, and closed his eyes and reached in and picked one out and freshened it up. a couple of paragraphs with a different terror group. he couldn't fit in al qaeda, because he put in isis in the two paragraphs devoted to terrorism on page 8. but if you like obama, if you like washington that offers free stuff, and taxing the rich, that's what you get. i don't see him evolving as a president. president. >> george,=he(n is there anyq e you see in this speech? any silver lining to what he said tonight? >> i don't(weax think so. say, for
example, is çúvq going to attack the structural deficit, we're going toç dñ reform entitlements. 7cf difficult questions -y the simpson bowles program,g8hx xlvdegj reported. i think nina is exactly > you can see that he says in know, i understandb unraveled and not gone well, that's why we're going to do this differently. he's making an early pitch to democrats here. i think if you notice, by just the response that you are pointing out, bret, this is not something that plays well with
the unions that are key fund-raisers for the democratic party. this is going to be his struggle with his own party. and he's got to be careful here with republicans now in the majority, in both the house and the senate. about which democrats are peeled off by senate majority leader mcconnell, and even speaker boehner, although that's less likely. but you've got red state democrats up in '16 that are a real threat to the obama agenda going forward. >> these are senate pages here. let's listen in real quick. >> all right, here you go. >> the major political figure that was standing in the way of trade promotion authority was senate majority leader harry reid who wouldn't even let it come to the floor of the senate.
let's go now to capitol hill, chief congressional correspondent mike emmanuel outside the house chamber. >> bret, good evening. joni ernst will introduce herself to the country tonight as a mother, soldier and newly eselected senator. she's been here less than a month and getting a republican response. she's still serving in the national guard and will address the tion from the armed services committee hearing room. that is significant, because she is the first female combat veteran elected to the united states senate. she will say they got the message loud and clear and are trying to change the direction washington is taking the country. on security matters, she will call for a comprehensive plan to take on al qaeda, isis, and those inspired by them, basically a comprehensive plan to go after terrorism around the globe. she'll say a lot can be
accomplished in washington if everybody elected here decides to work together on trade, the tax code and more. bottom line, a new voice, a fresh face, and someone that the republican-led congress wants to represent them as they try to take the country in a new direction. bret? >> mike, she's also the first woman to serve in a federal elected office from iowa. she also, as you mentioned, has been serving in the military for 20 years. and they put out, her office did, a tweet of the shoes she's wearing tonight. camo heels. >> that's right. camouflage pumps. i've had some folks on social media say, what difference does it make what shoes she's wearing, but i think if you're wearing camouflage shoes, man or woman, you're doing so to get noticed. and they've gotten noticed tonight, bret. >> they definitely have. michael, we'll head back a little bit later. just bring in the panel quickly. george, this is a tough job. you don't have the crowd. but they have an opportunity here since they do control
congress. >> an uopportunity, it's a response to a speech that was written before the speech it's responding to was written or given. so there's a certain kobuki theater to all this. just by showing up, being a fresh face, being part of the residue of the war on women, she famously said in iowa, i'm a woman and i've been to war, it's a pretty good night for her, and a pretty good night for republicans. >> and she was running that amazing ad, castrating pigs, got a lot of attention. let's pause as we hear the gop response from the offices of the senate armed services committee, by the first female combat veteran elected to the united states senate. the freshman senator from iowa, joni ernst. >> i'm a mother, a soldier and
newly elected senator from the great state of iowa. i am proud to speak with you tonight. a few moments ago, we heard the president lay out his vision for the year to come. even if we may not always agree, it's important to hear different points of view in this great country. we appreciate the president sharing his. tonight, though, rather than respond to a speech, i'd like to talk about your priorities. i'd like to have a conversation about the new republican congress you just elected. and how we plan to make washington focus on your concerns again. we heard the message you sent in november, loud and clear. and now we're getting to work to change the direction washington has been taking our country. the new republican congress also understands how difficult these past six years have been. for many of us, the stiate of te
economy and the frustration with washington's dysfunction, weren't things we had to read about. we felt them every day. we felt them in red oak, the little town in southwestern iowa where i grew up, and am still proud to call home today. as a young girl, i plowed the fields of our family farm. i worked construction with my dad. to save for college, i worked the morning biscuit line at hardee's. we were raised to live simply, not to waste. it was a lesson my mother taught me every rainy morning. you see, growing up, i had only one good pair of shoes. so on rainy school days, my mom would slip plastic bread bags over them to keep them dry. but i was never embarrassed. because the school bus would be filled with rows and rows of
young iowans with bread bags slipped over their feet. our parents may not have had much, but they worked hard for what they did have. these days, though, many families feel like they're working harder and harder, with less and less to show for it. not just in red oak, but across the country. we see our neighbors agonize over stagnant wages and lost jobs. we see the hurt caused by canceled health care plans, and higher monthly insurance bills. we see too many moms and dads put their own dreams on hold while growing more fearful about the kind of future they'll be able to leave to their children. americans have been hurting. but when we demanded solutions, too often washington responded with the same stale mind-set that led to failed policies like
obamacare. it's a mind-set that gave us political talking points, not serious solutions. that's why the new republican majority you elected started by reforming congress to make it function again. and now we're working hard to pass the serious job creation ideas you deserve. one you've probably heard about is the keystone jobs bill. president obama has been delaying this bipartisan infrastructure project for years. even though many members of his party, unions, and a strong majority of americans support it. the president's own state department has said keystone's construction could support thousands of jobs and pump billions into our economy. and do it with minimal environments al impact. we worked with democrats to pass this bill through the house. we're doing the same now in the
senate. president obama will soon have a decision to make. will he sign the bill, or block good american jobs. there's a lot we can achieve if we work together. let's tear down trade barriers in places like europe and the pacific. let's sell more of what we make and grow in america over there, so we can boost manufacturing wages and jobs right here at home. let's simplify america's outdated and loophole-ridden tax code. tax codes should be easier for you, not just the well connected. let's create jobs, not pay for more government spending. the president has already expressed some support for these kinds of ideas.
we're calling on him now to cooperate to pass them. you'll see a lot of serious work in this new congress. some of it will occur where i stand tonight, in the armed services committee room. this is where i'll join committee colleagues, republicans and democrats, to discuss ways to support our exceptional military, and its mission. this is where we'll debate strategies to confront terrorism, and the threats posed by al qaeda, isil, and those radicalized by them. we know threats like these can't just be wished away. we've been reminded of terrorism's reach, both at home and abroad. most recently, in france, and nigeria. but also in places like canada, and australia. our hearts go out to all the
innocent victims of terrorism, and their loved ones. we can only imagine the depth of their grief. for two decades, i've proudly worn our nation's uniform. today, as a lieutenant colonel in the iowa army national guard, while deployed overseas with some of america's finest men and women, i've seen just how dangerous these kinds of threats can be. the forces of violence and oppression don't care about the innocent. we need a comprehensive plan to defeat them. we must also honor america's veterans. these men and women have sacrificed so much in defense of our freedoms and our way of life. they deserve nothing less than the benefits they were promised. and of the quality of care we can all be proud of. these are important issues the
new congress plans to address. we'll also keep fighting to repeal and replace a health care law that's hurt so many hard-working families. we'll work to correct executive overreach. we'll propose ideas that aim to cut wasteful spending and balance the budget, with meaningful reforms, not higher taxes, like the president has proposed. we'll advance solutions to prevent the kind of cyber attacks we've seen recently. we'll work to confront iran's nuclear ambitions. and we'll defend lives, because protecting our most vulnerable is an important measure of any society. congress is back to work on your behalf, ready to make washington focus on your concerns again. we know america faces big
challenges, but history has shown there's nothing our nation and our people can't accomplish. just look at my parents and grandparents. they had very little to call their own except the sweat on their brow and the dirt on their hands. but they worked, they sacrificed, and they dreamed big dreams for their children and grandchildren. and because they did, an ordinary iowan like me has had some truly extraordinary opportunities. because they showed me that you don't need to come from wealth or privilege to make a difference. you just need the freedom to dream big, and a whole lot of hard work. the new republican congress you elected is working to make washington understand that, too. and with a little cooperation from the president, we can get washington working again.
thank you for allowing me to speak with you tonight. may god bless this great country of ours. the brave americans serving in uniform on our behalf. and you, the hard-working men and women who make the united states of america the greatest nation the world has ever known. >> freshman senator from iowa, joni ernst delivering the republican response, lasting about seven minutes. the state of the union is a tough act to follow, and the president's delivery with applause lines. earnest, as you heard, pushed back on a number of fronts. mostly what she called about the president's failed policies and stale proposals this year. we're back with our expanded panel, george will, juan williams, columnist at the hill, nina with fortune magazine, and steve hayes. steve, you know, not a lot of
specifics. you don't have a lot of time in these responses. but essentially the message we're not going along with this. >> right. look, she began by decrying ba delivering talking points. i thought she delivered them pretty well. if the goal was to contrast what republicans would do with what president obama just laid out, i think she did a good job of that. she didn't get into specifics. the time doesn't allow for specifics. but it was fairly clear that she's pointing the country in a different direction than president obama. >> it's a tough act to follow. i think about bobby jindal who basically shrunk after that, marco rubio, lurching for the water. she didn't do any of that. i think it was fine. and i think her job was to humanize the republican party that now controls congress, because as we know, the gop brand has been hurt of late. and even with the election, it's still returning from the 2013 government shutdown and so forth. >> although, is the gop branch
hurt? they just won historic seats. >> it's still nationally, if you do a national poll, it's still not where it should be. at all. because it was a low turnout election. by the way, that's what the mouse is banking on. that's where their thinking is, is that that was a low turnout election so they don't have to listen to republicans. but i would have -- the other thing i wanted to say on the response here, i would have liked to have seen more from republicans who are concerned about the plight of the middle class right now, and are concerned about the stagnant wages. i would have liked to have seen more. they named the restone pipeline keystone jobs bill. that's not enough. it's a great republican item. business is behind it. public/private partnerships are out there. the ceo said it could pay for itself, boost the economy. that's the kind of thing that might have gotten some attention. they need details. >> republicans and democrats, by the way, stood up for the
infrastructure calls from the president. there is this obsession with keystone. it was a big part of the election. but it is, as the president said, one pipeline. the republicans obviously will say, then just approve it. >> right. but i think -- i feel like the house critic tonight. because i like joni ernst. it's a tough job. she's never done anything like this. i'm sure they ran her through a thousand prep sessions to get ready, right? and she's got on the camouflage high heels. and i think she did fine. now, the best of joni ernst tonight was not about the xl pipeline and we hate obamacare. republicans know this. that's who they are. if she's trying to say to republicans, i'm fighting obama, she did it. but where she started talking about washington dysfunction, i think she hit a big, big talking point in american life.
because americans right now, democrat and republican, according to recent polls, nbc, "wall street journal," and more, think that the dysfunction is hurting them. and what you heard from joni ernst is, i'm the kid that worked at the hardee's biscuit line. but i believe you can make it in this country. but washington's got to do something. i think that's a little bit of a shift on the republican rift about big government and government's too much and we shouldn't be -- no, here's joni ernst saying here are certain things that need to be done, and can be done if president obama is willing to work with us. so she puts it back on obama if he's talking about bipartisan cooperation. on these points i think joni ernst was effective. >> she was effective partly because we've never seen her before. the rhetorical presidency was born with teddy roosevelt, and some have talked too much about too many things. barack obama is unquestionably the most talkative, to put it politely, president we've ever had. any difficulty or any moment of tranquility is to go give a
speech. so people are thoroughly tired of this. that's why four times more people are going to watch the super bowl next week than watch this tonight. and along comes someone we actually never heard before. what a refreshing experience. >> well, the panel will come back for some final thoughts in just a few minutes. we've heard from a senate republican. next we hear from the other side of the capitol. when congressman paul ryan, the new chairman of the ways and means committee in the house joins me in the studio to react to the speech.
unraveling the new rules on wall street, or refighting past battles on immigration when we've got to fix a broken system. and if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, i will veto it. it will have earned my veto. >> the president tonight in the state of the union address saying middle class economics work. now, we welcome former republican vice presidential nominee and current chairman of the house ways and means committ committee, congressman paul ryan. thank you for being here. >> thanks for having me. >> your reaction? >> a lot of things i didn't agree with, some things i did. i thought it was kind of a repeat of the greatest hits of the obama administration lines. his tone and tenor were less partisan and less divisive than we were led to believe, and expect that we were going to get. i think there's something to be said for that. i'm eager to work together.
he papered over the economic performance of his administration. look at where we are. look at labor force participation rates. 92 million americans, able-bodied, not working, look at 45 million people living in poverty. look at wages that have been stagnating. i don't think his economic policies have been working. i think he tried to gussy them up to look like they are. i don't think doing more of the same is going to work. and calling for another round of tax increases, especially on job creation, is not a good idea. i don't agree with those things. having said all that, there are some things he said that i think we can work together on. and i hope we get those things done. >> let's start there, trade is one of them. >> that's the big one. >> for you, is corporate tax reform one of them? >> we want to make sure small businesses aren't left out in the cold on this. that's where most of the people's jobs come from. the president is making it clear with his tax proposals that he doesn't want to do comprehensive tax reform. we're not going to raise taxes. he knows we're not going to raise taxes. i'm surprised he paid lip
service to that. but can we find some tax reform that helps all businesses create more jobs? i'd like to think the answer is yes. i'd like to think there is perhaps an area for common ground there, and we'll try to explore it and try to find something. >> what do you say to people who look at this and say this president is driving this train, after historical republican wins. why not come out with your own tax reform plan? dave camp had one. >> just last year. >> it kind of got shot down in your party. >> like i said, the president has said he wants to work with us on tax reform. we've agreed to sit down and work with him on tax reform. i found it interesting just yesterday he puts the idea out there he wants a huge tax increase, knowing we're not going to do that. that is really unproductive. and the divisive rhetoric that he uses to try to divide people based on income, that's not presidential. we want to come together to grow a healthy economy. hard working taxpayers deserve a break in this country. washington hasn't been listening to them.
i think it will be refreshing to come together to get things done to grow the economy, get people back to work. i think if he would embrace those policies, i think it would work. for him this was not as partisan of a speech as he usually gives. notwithstanding the veto threats and the rest. >> he also says republicans are obsessed with the keystone xl pipeline. >> it would create jobs. >> and they should be upset with infrastructure -- >> we're for infrastructure, 700,000 barrels of oil a day will either go to this economy in this country or go to china. that's the choice. thousands of jobs. so i can't for the life of me understand why he would say no to this. he's now threatening a veto. there are a lot of other energy jobs we could have to make us less independent on middle eastern oil. he and his administration have stood in the way of all of these things. i would love to see him come around on some of these issues. for some reason or another, he
won't. i think he's sort of to the left side of the left wing of the party on these issues. these are big job creators he's walking away from. we'll put these bills on his desk, now that we have the senate and the ability to do this -- by the way, democrats agree with us on a lot of these things -- and we'll give him the opportunity with his veto pen whether he's with this or not. >> do you see this a marker in negotiations? or do you see this as kind of a legacy thing and laying a road map for 2016? >> we're going to do everything with ecan to try and create jobs, to get people back to work. to create more opportunity economy. opportunity for everybody, favoritism for none. we'll go after corporate welfare and cronyism. we'll protect the taxpayer by balancing the budget. some of the bills he maybe will sign, a lot of them he probably won't. but people want a choice and want to see options. we'll show people who we are and how we want to get this country forward. we think and hope that the president will work with us on some of these things, and we'll
have to find common ground to get things done. on some issues we'll agree to disagree. >> i want to ask you about politics here. you were the vice presidential nominee last time. the former nominee. gave you a call. mitt romney. you said you're not running this time. is that why? >> no. i told him a while ago that i wasn't going to run. this is something that he knew was in my mind for some weeks now. >> what do you think about a prospective mitt romney -- >> i make no secret about it. i think he would make a fantastic president. i think he's been vindicated by a lot of his projections, predictions on foreign policy and economic growth. i think he would make a great president. he's still trying to think it through. the last thing i want to do is get out ahead of his decision-making process. do i wish we had mitt romney giving that speech tonight than barack obama? of course. >> a lot of people had some raised eyebrows barack obama? >> a lot of people had raised eye brows when jeb bush launch
aid super pac with the name right to rise. >> i love the idea of the right to rise. getting people out of poverty and hitting their potential. that is what our policies have to be about. when he asked me if it's okay he uses a phrase i used to use, fine, great. >> who do you support? >> i'm not going to get into this stuff. i decided to chair the rnc trust which is the fund for the general election. so what i'm going to try to do is my part, find common ground, show republican alternatives on big issues of the day and do what i can to help the white house win in 2016. i don't think we can fix the mess we have in this country to win in the white house, i'm ready to help whoever that person is going to be. >> let's check in with new york with megyn kelly. >> that was interesting.
he sort of expected the comments that the president made about the economy doing better. but you know to listen to remarks tonight you'd think the war against al qaeda is wrapped up and we've turned the page and are doing great. i guess they're going to feel differently according to senator ted cruz and senator rand paul. >> how about the fact al qaeda, those two words were not used in that speech. >> who? what? there is a lot of air time devoted to how we make rash decisions and don't use our heads in thinking about foreign policy we embarrass ourselves on the stage. and bluster is not the way to lead and touting the fact we're out of afghanistan, and now, afghan yeez are leading and not ak nonlment on what's happening on the ground and the hot mess we saw in yemen.
>> it is a hot mess you said ted cruz and rand paul perspective presidential candidates? . >> i just spoke with rand paul. his opinion on mitt romney running again isn't the same as the one paul ryan just gave you. we've got 20 pounds of potatoes for a ten pound bag we got ted cruz, brit hume, and here, live with me in the studio now is frank lundz and his focus group. all all of whom just listened to the state of the union. >> holy cow. >> excellent. >> thank you. next up, final thoughts of the day.
participants i think tonight a semi star was born, i think senator ernst from iowa helped put a fresh face on the republican party. i think the president gave a curio curiously speech saying we're all going to get along and i'm going to veto any important thing you send to me. >> fashional security? >> yes. i was struck listening to the president. i was trying to remember when there has been such a striking contrast between the world the president sdliebed and the world as it is now, there is no mention of al qaeda he suggests that we're going to be in a very limited narrow war against isiln russia he touted the administration's leadership on russia, saying russia is in a horrible spot right now and the united states led this
coalition. look at crimia. it's as if he's not paying to tension to what happened in crimia. 5,000 people died there. he says he halted the progress of the iranian nuclear program, it's not true. he suggested the u.s. congress is more of a threat to peace than iranian regime. it's as if he pictured a world in which the real threat to us us peace is climate change. >> you've seen the star of the 2016 presidential campaign. i think this is what the democrats will emphasize, middle class populist economics, touting everything from free community college and more taxes on the rich i think joanie ernst is a new star and did very well by
talking about washington dysfunction and talking about the idea that there are in the populift republican mode things to be done to help hard working republican folks. >> the economy is turning. peop peoples' optimism is at high levels people feel optimistic so i'm sure this president, going into this thought he's going to ride this. you know? sort of an nalt tiff universe going on here of what's happening outside of the united states and what's happening inside he wanted to tie his legacy to what is going on in the economy. and you know, yet, all of these terror threats are out there. i mean that is two paragraphs and that is what people are really worried about.
>> thanks for watching fox news state of the union coverage. i'm bret baier here, >> it is wednesday january 21st. president obama laying out his plan for 2015 and how to help struggling americans. >> it has been and still is a hard time for many. but tonight we turn the page. >> but at what cost will it come. we are looking at the president's state of the union address. >> brand new developments in the deflate gate. the new england patriots did use 11 deflated footballs. what sort of penalties will they face ahead of the super bowl.
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>> long night for everyone here in washington. we were disappointed for the peace offerings. they face the house and senate controlled the other side. the past week has shown and left it highlighted. the white house is doubling down on the idea of raising taxes on the wealthy to pay for massive spending programs and tax credits something