Political analyst breaks down State of the Union address

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(ABC 6 News) – President Biden delivered his second State of the Union Tuesday evening touting his accomplishments and acknowledging challenges for his administration and Americans all across the nation.

Biden also made calls for unity and tried to emphasize conciliation over conflict, easier to do in this rarefied setting, seemingly impossible to sustain in such divided times.

Biden’s speech almost defiantly ignored the bitter divisions between Republicans and Democrats and his own low standing with the public.

He returned repeatedly to common ground, making the case that both parties can back U.S. factories, new businesses being formed and the funding of20,000 infrastructure projects. When Biden hit each of these themes, Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy politely clapped, evening standing to applaud at one point.

It’s a sign that Democrats and Republicans can at least agree to a shared set of goals, even if they have very different views of how to get there.

Political analyst Shane Baker breaks down the presidents second State of the Union address.