President Obama delivered his second State of the Union address Tuesday to a joint session of Congress, sounding themes of optimism and pragmatism.
During his 61-minute address, Obama called for increasing investments in key areas such as education and clean energy while freezing some government spending for five years in an attempt to address simultaneous needs for economic growth and fiscal balance. Read the full transcript of his speech here.
Shortly after the speech ended, Rep. Paul Ryan delivered the official GOP response, pledging his commitment as chairman of the House Budget Committee to work with President Obama to cut spending to reduce debt. While stopping short of blaming the President for the economic crisis, Ryan accused Obama of engaging in "a stimulus spending spree that not only failed to deliver on its promise to create jobs, but also plunged us even deeper into debt."Check out CNN.com's complete "State of the Union" coverage