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Local Politicos React to SOTU Speech


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- News 19 hosted a live, online chat during the President's State of the Union Address Tuesday night. 

Here's what each of our three participants took away from both the President's speech and the response from Republican Senator Marco Rubio (R, Fla.). 


Julian Bradley -- Chair, La Crosse Co. Republican Party

"The President is a great speaker. No one can take that away from him. Obviously I voted for his opponent for a reason. He's still looking at more spending while not attacking the spending that we've already done. That doesn't work." 

"Sen. Rubio did a great job, in his short amount of time, trying to explain to the American people why the President is going to have trouble passing some of this legislation."


Karri Kline -- Chair, La Crosse Co. Democratic Party

"President Obama delivered on the top 3 issues of concern: jobs and the economy, the middle class and lower class, and climate change." 

"I heard him as opening the door for full-on negotiations and bipartisan legislation. He did not just propose tax increases, he included the necessity for spending cuts and for reigning in the debt."


Dr. Tim Dale -- UW-La Crosse Professor of Political Science

"I think we saw what we should have expected. There is a big difference between the parties on significant issues. It will take a lot of work to find middle ground."

"It will be interesting to see if voters will reward or punish those who seek it."


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