MSNBC gears up to give continuing coverage and analysis of newly re-elected President Obama’s State of the Union Address, as well as the Republican response from Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL). Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) is also set to deliver a Tea Party response to the speech. MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews will be joined by Reverend Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell, along with several other guest commentators and contributors, to compliment the President’s speech.
MSNBC is not the only network to cover the highly anticipated State of the Union Address—ABC, NBC and Fox News are all set to provide wall-to-wall coverage of the speech. This year’s State of the Union is expected to deviate from the commander-in-chief’s second Inaugural address, by focusing on the economy, jobs, and possibly addressing hot topic issues such as gun control and immigration reform. Both of these last issues require bi-partisan efforts in DC to see any kind of reform, and will likely be the most hot button issues on the presidential agenda this year.
MSNBC.com has compiled a list of past historic presidential speeches and has also compiled an analysis of past State of the Union Addresses in anticipation of Tuesday’s event. Most politico’s and political analysts agree that due to the absence of shadows of a failing economy or upcoming election, this year’s speech will be aggressive, and a clear outline of what the President is truly thinking and planning for the upcoming year.
Tune in to any of the covering news networks on Tuesday, February 12 at 8 p.m. ET to listen to the speech.