State of the Union

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In her response to the State of the Union Address Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer said many Michiganders aren’t feeling the benefits of a growing economy.

As part of the weekly series MichMash, Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk with Michigan State University economist Charles Ballard about whether that’s true.

You can hear their full conversation with MSU economist Charles Ballard on the MichMash podcast, available wherever you get your podcasts.

Whitmer Delivers The Democratic Response To Trump's State Of The Union Address

Feb 5, 2020
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has used Democrats' response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address to swivel from impeachment to working-class voters' worries.

Whitmer says Democrats are focusing on making health care more affordable and addressing other concerns.

Democrats' decision to pick Whitmer show that they are focusing on the Midwest, where Trump won surprising victories in 2016 that helped carry him to the White House.

Michigan Governor To Take National Stage To Rebut Trump

Feb 4, 2020
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats are putting Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on the national stage Tuesday to rebut President Donald Trump's State of the Union message. Whitmer says she will touch on the impeachment proceedings in Washington when she delivers the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union address. But she says most of her 10-minute rebuttal will focus on issues such as healthcare and education. 

 

By elevating a fresh face and casting an election-year spotlight on the Midwest, the party looks to win back states Trump narrowly captured.

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On Tuesday night, February 4, 2020, President Donald Trump is scheduled to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. Afterwards, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is scheduled to deliver the Democratic Party's response. You can watch it in the video player below.

You can also listen live on 88.1 WVPE.

Whitmer Will Deliver The Democratic State Of The Union Response From E. Lansing H.S.

Feb 3, 2020
Michigan.gov

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrats are putting Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on the national stage Tuesday to rebut President Donald Trump's State of the Union message. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer will deliver the Democrats’ State of the Union response from East Lansing High School. The response will follow President Donald Trump’s address in Washington.

By elevating a fresh face and casting an election-year spotlight on the Midwest, the party looks to win back states Trump narrowly captured.

Michigan.gov

Today it was announced that Michigan's Democratic Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, will deliver her party's response following President Trump's State of the Union address.

AP

Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III, seen as a rising political star with a famous last name, will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump's State of the Union. In announcing their decision, Democratic leaders in Congress called Kennedy a "relentless fighter for working Americans." Kennedy is the grandson of the late Robert Kennedy, the former U.S. attorney general and New York senator who was assassinated in 1968. He is also the great nephew of both the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy and the late president John F. Kennedy.

2018 State of the Union

Jan 30, 2018
Liam James Doyle / NPR

Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 9 PM

President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address to Congress, which will be followed by a response from the Democratic Party. Journalists across the NPR newsroom will be annotating those remarks, adding fact-checks and analysis in real time. You can also watch the speeches live.