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Local analysis of President Biden’s first State of the Union address

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President Joe Biden delivered his first State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday night. POTUS’ annual report usually focuses on domestic issues and provides a platform for the sitting president to outline his administration’s accomplishments and policy priorities.

But with all eyes on Ukraine, Biden also addressed the Russian invasion and the U.S. response abroad. Other top issues included concerns over rising inflation, the economic recovery and pandemic restrictions.

With his approval rating sitting at an all-time low — only about 40% of Americans approve of the job he’s doing — and the midterm elections right around the corner, did his address improve confidence in his performance for the American people?

We’ll get morning after analysis of the president’s remarks and the Republican response, from a panel of politics watchers.


Michael Bitzer, chair of political science and professor of politics and history at Catawba College

Andrew Taylor, professor of political science, North Carolina State University

Susan Roberts, professor of political science at Davidson College

Deondra Rose, associate professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and History at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University

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Erin Keever is Senior Producer of WFAE's Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. She has been with the show since joining the station in 2006. She's a native Charlottean.