Two Takes on Last Night's State of the Union Address

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U.S. President Barack Obama arrives to deliver his State of the Union speech on January 24, 2012 in Washington, DC.
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With spirited rhetoric about protecting the middle class and enforcing fairness in taxation, president Obama abandoned his normally conciliatory tone about non-partisan politics during last night's State of the Union address and instead highlighted the differences between right and left. Although both parties have had the chance for rebuttal, The Takeaway has assembled their own partisan players to comment on the president's remarks.

Farai Chideya is a journalist and blogger at Farai.com. Ron Christie is a Republican political strategist and political contributor for The Takeaway and our co-producer WNYC’s politics website, It’s a Free Country.