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Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith's Statement on the State of the Union Address

For Immediate Release: January 25, 2011 Contact: Eric Jotkoff, (850) 222-3411
Florida Democratic Party Chairman Rod Smith’s Statement on the State of the Union Address
This evening, President Obama delivered his State of the Union Address.  Following the President’s address Florida Party Chairman Rod Smith released the following statement:
“Over the past two years, President Obama has accomplished an incredible amount to get our country back on track.  He pulled our economy back from the brink of depression, restored economic growth, and is continuing to support job creation here in Florida and across the country.  He enacted historic health reforms, guaranteeing that Florida’s families and businesses are able to secure quality health coverage at a more affordable price.  He strengthened America’s national security by bringing our country’s combat operations in Iraq to an end and focusing on combating terrorists wherever they live.  He supported greater equality for American service members with the repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ and for women with the enactment of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.  And he is supporting the creation of new opportunities for children across the Sunshine State by reforming student lending and focusing on supporting educational innovation. 
“Tonight, President Obama made it clear that he will continue to build upon these accomplishments over the next year, enabling more American families to achieve the American Dream and cementing a new foundation for American prosperity. He laid out his priorities for the future—to build our economy, create jobs and opportunity, and out-educate, out-innovate, and out-build our competitors.  He outlined how we must deal with the debt and deficit in a responsible manner and reform our government for the 21st century.  We need to advance America’s interests abroad while protecting people here at home.  I think I can say without a doubt that all of us this evening were delighted to hear the President’s aims for the next year, and we are excited to join him in realizing his vision for a more perfect union.  As we heard from President Obama in the vision he laid out tonight, America will win the future.”

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