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Analyzing the 2012 State of the Union: A Live Web Chat with Stephen Hess

President Obama’s third State of the Union speech came at a pivotal time for the country. With millions unemployed, a sluggish economy, ballooning national debt and questions about America’s future role as a world power, Obama went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to deliver his blueprint for the nation during this pivotal election year.

Can the president expect any bipartisan support from Congress? How will the speech play on the campaign trail? How are these speeches written, and what historical impact have they had? On Wednesday, January 25, former presidential speechwriter Stephen Hess took your questions in a live web chat from 12:30 PM to 1:00 PM with moderator Vivyan Tran of POLITICO. 

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