State of the Union Topics

This is the Democracy Now! news archive of interviews related to the annual State of the Union presidential addresses in the United States. Our archive includes interviews conducted during the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations.

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  • In his seventh and last State of the Union address, President Clinton last night proposed building "a more perfect union" with billions of dollars in tax cuts and stiffer gun control, and called on Congress to seize on the nation’s prosperity to aid the middle class. [includes rush transcript]
    Jan 28, 2000 | Story
  • As President Clinton speaks to the nation in his last State of the Union address as president, Doris Haddock, known as Granny D, is still trekking across the United States calling for campaign finance reform. We caught up with her as she cross-country skied on the C&O Canal from Maryland to West Virginia. She began her walk across the US on January 1, 1999, and plans to arrive in Washington, DC, this February 29th, on Leap Day. [includes rush...
    Jan 28, 2000 | Story
  • President Clinton delivered his State of the Union address last night in the same chamber in which he was impeached just one month ago. Prominent in his speech was the fate of Social Security; he announced his intention to invest some of the Social Security funds in the market. Today we look at the privatization of Social Security with two people who are on opposite sides of the issue.
    Jan 20, 1999 | Story
  • White House lawyers are mounting an aggressive defense of President Clinton only hours before he delivers his State of the Union address. In opening arguments before the Senate, Clinton’s defense team was focusing on conflicts in testimony gathered by independent counsel Kenneth Starr. This shift in strategy aims to undercut House charges of perjury and obstruction of justice, according to sources.
    Jan 19, 1999 | Story