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Chapter : State of the Union Address and Democratic Response : February 4, 2020
State of the Union Address and Democratic Response : February 4, 2020
On the eve of an impeachment vote in the Senate and facing a reelection bid, President Donald Trump delivered the final State of the Union address of his term. His theme, “Great American Comeback,” focused on his work returning jobs to the United States, record low unemployment, and rising wages. The president outlined few policy objectives but instead used the platform to highlight his accomplishments and deliver some made-for-television moments, including reuniting a soldier with his family, giving a fourth grader a scholarship, and presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh. The Democratic response ...