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"We need to end the notion that the two parties must be locked in a perpetual campaign of mutual destruction," he said.

The prime-time address, with the theme "built to last," gave Obama an opportunity to take over a political stage that has been dominated by the Republican presidential candidates.

But, in advance of Obama's speech, the top GOP contenders, likely relieved to take a break from verbally assaulting each other, took turns attacking the president's message.

Mitt Romney said that Obama's speech "sounds less like 'built to last' and more like doomed to fail." Newt Gingrich, predicted that the "president will explain it was all George W. Bush's fault. This is the fourth year of his presidency, he needs to get over it."

Listen to a report on the State of the Union address on WORLD's radio news magazine The World and Everything in It.

Edward Lee Pitts
Edward Lee Pitts

Lee teaches journalism at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa, and is the associate dean of the World Journalism Institute.


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