State of the Union: 6 highlights from President Obama's address

Obama presses the GOP on the budget, calls for a hike in the minimum wage, and makes a forceful argument for more gun control

President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech before a joint session of Congress on February 12.
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On Tuesday night, President Obama used his State of the Union address to lay out his agenda for a second term, touching on a range of issues from the budget deficit and immigration to gun control and the minimum wage. While some analysts had predicted Obama would take a more partisan approach — the nuts-and-bolts version of the more liberal vision for the country he outlined in his inaugural speech — the president adopted a centrist stance, captured in the line, "It's not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government." However, the night did conclude with a rousing call for more gun control that is sure to have an impact on the ongoing debate. Here, 6 highlights from his speech:

1. A balanced approach to deficit reduction

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