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President Biden touts legislative accomplishments, economic turnaround during State of the Union address

It was a defining moment for Biden at a pivotal time as key issues balloon right before a presidential election.

News 12 Staff

Mar 7, 2024, 10:52 PM

Updated 80 days ago

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A culmination of the last three years came to a head Thursday night as President Joe Biden delivered his State of the Union address the nation from the nation's capitol.
It was a defining moment for Biden at a pivotal time as key issues balloon right before a presidential election.
It was a spirited speech from Biden who tried to sell the American people on a second term by differentiating himself from former President Donald Trump and Republicans.
The president touted his legislative accomplishments and economic turnaround with the hope to show voters the economy is improving, even if it doesn't always feel that way at the store or when paying bills.
"America's comeback is building the future of American possibilities. Building an economy from the middle up and the bottom up, not the top down. Investing in all America and all Americans to make sure everyone has a fair shot and we leave no one, no one behind," Biden said.
Biden called out Republican efforts that overturned Roe v. Wade and attacks on a woman's right to choose.
That part of the speech got several standing ovations from the crowd.
"Those bragging about overturning Roe v. Wade have no clue about the power of women but they found out when reproductive freedom was on the ballot and we won in 2022 and we'll win again in 2024," Biden said.
The president called out domestic threats when he referenced the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol and warned it could happen again.
"Here's the simple truth: you can't love your country only when you win," he said.
Biden wrapped up his speech by poking fun at criticisms of his age, saying it's not about how old you are but how old your ideas are.
"I believe in you the American people. You're the reason we've never been more optimistic about our future than I am now. So let's build a future together. Let's remember who we are. We are the United States of America," Biden concluded.
Republican U.S. Senator from Alabama Katie Britt offered the Republican response to the speech, painting a far different picture of America under Biden's administration.
Biden also spoke about Israel's right to defend itself while promising more aid for the people in Gaza, called for the senate to pass the bipartisan border bill, and engaged in cross-talk with both Democrats and Republicans in the audience.


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