Address to Highlight Domestic Concerns, Homeland Security
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With the 2004 election campaign on the horizon, President Bush called
on the nation and Congress to continue the legislative programs and
initiatives of his administration during his third State of the Union
address Tuesday. The president specifically urged Congress to renew
the USA Patriot Act, make tax cuts permanent and adopt new domestic
In their joint response to the president's State of the Union address,
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Minority
Leader Tom Daschle, D-S.D., outlined their party's opinions on security
concerns as well as health care, education and other domestic issues.
Congress React to the President's Speech
group of voters in Tucson, Arizona share their reactions to President
Bush's State of the Union speech.
Kwame Holman gets perspective on how the speech was received by Democratic
and Republican lawmakers.
Candidates: The Democratic candidates for president, busy stumping
for votes ahead of next week's New Hampshire primary, criticized President
Bush's speech, attacking the president's record as well as his new proposals.
Policies and Politics of the Address
of Tuesday's speech, White House adviser Karen Hughes outlined some
of the key points the president planned to focus on, from the need for
homeland security to proposals to bolster health care and education.
President Bush outlined several proposals he said would control health
care costs and decrease the number of uninsured Americans.
Analysis from Mark Shields and David Brooks
columnist Mark Shields and David Brooks of the New York Times discuss
highlights of the president's address.
Rebuttal: Shields and Brooks analyze the impact of the Democratic
Teachers: A State of the Union Lesson Plan
Online NewsHour Extra for students, a
lesson plan exploring the history and purpose of the State of the Union. (For
State of the Union Addresses
Bush addresses the dangers of Iraq, pledges to reform domestic programs
President Bush outlines the Axis of Evil and reflects on the Sept. 11 tragedies.
Just over a month after his inauguration, President Bush addresses Congress.
In an hour and a half speech, President Clinton outlines his goals for his final
year in office.
On the day the White House opened its defense in the impeachment trial of the
president, Mr. Clinton urges Congress to focus on Social Security reform, education,
health care and the environment.
In an hour and 15 minute address, President Clinton says the state of
the union is strong, but urges Congress to "Save Social Security