State of the Union Highlights

President Bush delivered his State of the Union Address. It was his first before a Democratic controlled congress and coincided with some of the lowest approval ratings of his presidency.

Here our some highlights from the speech and reaction from the Democrats from Washington.

For the first time in his presidency, Bush faced a Congress controlled by Democrats. With the war dragging his approval ratings to historic lows, the president asked a skeptical Congress to give his latest strategy a chance to work.

"This is not the fight we entered in Iraq, but it is the fight we are in. Every one of us wishes that this war were over and won. Yet it would not be like us to leave our promises unkept, our friends abandoned and our own security at risk," Bush said.

The president also discussed his domestic agenda, balancing the federal budget within five years, tax relief to help uninsured Americans get health care coverage and a call to reduce gas usage by 20 percent over the next 10 years.

"America is on the verge of technological breakthroughs that will enable us to live our lives less dependent on oil," Bush said.

Newly elected Sen. Jim Webb delivered the Democratic response. The Vietnam War veteran whose eldest son now serves in Iraq explained the president must change course on how he is conducting the war.

"The majority of the nation no longer supports the way this war is being fought; nor does the majority of our military; nor does the majority of congress. We need a new direction," Webb said.

As is tradition, the president will next takes his message on the road. He's heading to Delaware where he'll look at energy alternatives.


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