WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama is telling supporters he can't get the proposals outlined in his State of the Union address without their help.
Obama telephoned in to thousands of watch parties across the country immediately after the speech.
He urged supporters to work together, saying the change he's talking about is "going to be tough." He said he hoped the speech resonated with them because the president asking for change doesn't mean anything on its own.
Obama said it will "require a big push from you guys" to get legislation, get it passed and signed into law.
Meanwhile Republicans say President Barack Obama's second-term agenda will bring more tax increases and deficit spending, hurting middle-class families at the expense of economic growth.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says in excerpts released ahead of his Republican response to Obama's State of the Union address that he hopes the president will "abandon his obsession with raising taxes" and try to grow the economy.
Rubio says the nation needs a balanced budget amendment to curb spending and says he won't support changes to Medicare that will hurt seniors like his mother.
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, in excerpts from his tea party response, says Washington acts in a way that your family never could - spending money it doesn't have and borrowing from future generations.
Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:42 PM EDT2013-05-21 18:42:07 GMT
WASHINGTON (AP) - Wind, humidity and rainfall combined precisely to create the massive killer tornado in Moore, Okla. More >>
WASHINGTON (AP) - Wind, humidity and rainfall combined precisely to create the massive killer tornado in Moore, Okla. And when they did, the awesome amount of energy released over that city dwarfed the power of the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima. Meteorologists contacted by The Associated Press used real time measurements to calculate the energy released during the storm's life span of almost an hour.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:43 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:43:51 GMT
BREAKING NEWS - The Medical Examiner's Office has revised the death toll in the Moore, Oklahoma tornado from 91 people to at least 24 people.More >>
UPDATE: Originally the death toll was reported to be 91 people and counting, however, the Medical examiner's office revised the death toll from the Oklahoma tornado to at least 24 people. A spokeswoman said Tuesday morning that she believes some victims were counted twice in the early chaos of the storm.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:32 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:32:00 GMT
CNN - Even for a city toughened by disaster, Moore has never seen this kind of devastation.More >>
CNN - Even for a city toughened by disaster, Moore has never seen this kind of devastation. A massive, howling tornado pulverized a vast swath of the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, chewing up homes and businesses, and severely damaging a hospital and two elementary schools.More >>