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Local political affiliates speak out about State of the Union Featured

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Local political affiliates speak out about State of the Union

BANGOR - A little more than one year into Donald Trump's presidency and last night he had the chance to address the nation in his first State of the Union speech.

During the address he focused on the economy, immigration, and hopes for bipartisanship.

 

And while the president is promising "Our New American Moment," the address received mixed reviews from both sides.

 

Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett said we need a president that can push folks on both sides of the aisle to find middle ground, and he's not sure President Trump has been successful in meeting that goal. He said "This president, every time there has been anything approaching a bipartisan deal, he has slammed on the breaks and gone to the hard right."

 

But many members of the Republican Party said otherwise. Maine Republican Party Chair Dr. Demi Kouzounas stated "Our economy is in a major upswing, with unemployment at a 17-year low and wages rising after decades of stagnation."

 

The president said in order to get the job done, we have to come together, and put politics aside.