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Dem Strategist: Of Course, SOTU Laid Out Party's 2016 Agenda

By    |   Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 04:07 PM

A State of the Union address panned by Republicans was, without a doubt, President Barack Obama using his bully pulpit to jump-start the 2016 presidential campaign and present a party platform, a Democratic strategist and former Obama campaign organizer told Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

But far from being arrogant, as some GOP critics described Obama in his speech on Tuesday night, the president had an obligation to make the Democratic case after enduring six years of inflexible opposition and "rhetorical fire-bombing from the right," Franco Ripple told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner.

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"And so for him to not come out in one of his final State of the Union addresses and be able to lay out a vision for not only the rest of his presidency, but for 2016 and beyond — it would’ve been irresponsible for him not to do so," said Ripple, a Florida-based political communications consultant.

"The 2016 presidential election is coming — there’s no doubt about it," he added. "And by this summer all the oxygen in the room will be sucked up by that, and he’ll have to compete with all of the candidates running."

The president therefore "laid out an agenda for the Democratic candidates … whoever they may be," he said.

The president issued several veto threats, saying he will not sign legislation that rolls back the Affordable Care Act; weakens the Dodd-Frank financial regulations; overturns his executive order allowing immigrants here illegally to stay; imposes new sanctions on Iran; or tampers with his regulatory efforts to combat climate change.

He also called for new taxes on the rich — a non-starter for Republicans, who now control both chambers of Congress following November's electoral drubbing of Democrats.

Ripple said that Obama also highlighted areas of agreement, including a trans-Pacific trade pact and a congressional vote to authorize military force against the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria.

But he said the "reality" is that Obama had a political opportunity on Tuesday that he couldn't pass up.

"Look, the American people voted for divided government," said Ripple, "and in doing so you now have a situation where the president is free to lay out an agenda of what he would want to do … if he had a Congress willing to work with him."

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