President Obama, in his final State of the Union address, touted a strong economy and military and, in this election year, delivered a strong message to those who paint a bleak picture of the union under his leadership. "The United States of America is the most powerful nation on Earth. Period." The president acknowledged in his speech that the partisan divide is wider than when he took office and called it one of his few regrets. He exhorted Congress to work to eradicate cancer and reign in climate change. And he stood up to those who would use race or religion as political wedges. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley delivered the Republican response, saying the president's record doesn't match his rhetoric. We take an in-depth look at the speech with our panel including political analysts and two members of Congress: Democrat Marcia Fudge and Republican Jim Renacci.
Tom Sutton, Ph.D. Political Science Dept., Baldwin Wallace University David Cohen, Ph.D Political Science Dept., The University of Akron Rep. Marcia Fudge (D) Ohio 11th Congressional District Rep. Jim Renacci (R) Ohio 16th Congressional District