State of the Union: Obama pledges to reignite economy

Key points

  • President Barack Obama delivered the annual State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress and a television audience of millions
  • With millions of Americans still out of work, the speech focused on the economy and thorny issues such as immigration and gun control
  • Senator Marco Rubio delivered the Republican party response followed by a Tea Party riposte from Senator Rand Paul. All times EST (GMT -5)

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  • Pia Gadkari 
  • Jude Sheerin 

Last updated 13 February 2013

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