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    Posted February 13, 2013 by
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    Congress sounds off on SOTU


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Northwestern journalism students gidthekid and catannreid interviewed 10 Congress members immediately after the State of the Union last night outside the House chambers. A mix of Democrats and Republicans are featured, all sounding off on Obama's speech. Their responses 'differed quite a bit, but a great deal of them noted the bipartisan sentiments expressed in the address and that it presented ideas that a lot of people can support,' gidthekid said.

    As for gidthekid's personal thoughts, he said, 'It was interesting that drones were implied in one section and that immigration reform was hardly mentioned. The passage about gun violence, particularly Hadiya Pendleton who comes from my city, was particularly heart-wrenching.'
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    Produced by Catherine Reid and Gideon Resnick


    Immediately after President Obama finished his State of the Union address, members of Congress weighed in on various issues and how the President's plans would affect the future of the United States.


    Members of Congress featured:


    Rep. Gregory W. Meeks (D-N.Y.)
    Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.)
    Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.)
    Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.)
    Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL-Minn.)
    Rep. Sander Levin (D-Mich.)
    Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.)
    Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.)
    Rep. Mel Watt (D-N.C.)
    Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Ill.)

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