Bush Gives His State of the Union

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President Bush talked a lot about domestic issues like energy policy and health care before touching on iraq.

Our political analyst, John Frank, says that's not by chance. He says tonight the president needed to reconnect with the public so he needed to change the topic.

The president began the night emphasizing bipartisianship, saying Republicans and Democrats must reach across the aisle to achieve their goals.

Some of the President's goals include making health care more affordable, by offering tax deductions.

He also wants to give more money to states to cover the sick and poor in the form of what he calls affordable choice grants.

"These grants will give our nation's governor's more money and more flexibility to get private health insurance to those most in need," explained Bush.

It's a plan Frank says could mean a lot to Wisconsin.

"We're one of about a dozen states who've got new initiatives to try ot bring the uninsured into state policies and if we can get some federal help to do that it's more likely that that's going to succeed."

Also important to Wisconsin the President wants to increase the use of alternative fuels like ethanol.

He wants the U.S. To cut it's gasoline consumption by 20 percent in 10 years.

The President also pushed for more renewable wind and solar energy and wants to double the nation's strategic petroleum reserve.

All ideas both parties can support.

With that in mind the president saved the most divisive issue for last. Linking iraq's security to america's and framing the fight in iraq in the greater war against terror.

"There's nothing more important in this moment of our history than for America to succeed in the Middle East, to succeed in Iraq and to spare the American people from this danger," Bush said.

Frank says while Bush may be a lame duck, Congress will have to seriously consider the President's proposals if they want to avoid looking obstructionist.

Wisconsin Representative and Democrat, Ron Kind, says he hopes democrats can find common ground with the president to move forward as a nation.