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Trump 9 Minutes Shy of SOTU Record

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President Donald Trump gestures as delivers his first State of the Union address in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Washington, as Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan applaud. (Win McNamee/Pool via AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 31 January 2018 02:10 PM

President Donald Trump was nine minutes shy of the State of the Union record for length, threatening the two longest speeches given by President Bill Clinton, CNN reported.

Trump made the most of his first State of the Union address, going 1 hour and 20 minutes, the third longest in history. Clinton, another notoriously long-winded orator, holds the top two records, going 1 hour, 29 minutes in his final SOTU in 2000, and 1 hour, 25 minutes in 1995, CNN noted.

According to the American Presidency Project, Trump's predecessor President Barack Obama averaged 1 hour, 3 minutes with his eight SOTU addresses, going as along as 1 hour, 9 minutes in 2010.

According to the project, presidents Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter gave the shortest SOTU speeches, averaging 35 minutes and 26 seconds, and 36 minutes and 53 minutes, respectively.

CSPAN reported in 2016 that Trump was already in the record books for giving the longest acceptance speech for the presidential nomination in recent history at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, going 1 hour and 15 minutes.

The New York Times pointed out that written State of the Union messages, which were the norm until the early 20th century, were often much longer than the speeches.

Trump used his time by calling for bipartisanship while stressing a need to solve long-standing immigration issues, calling for the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to remain open, vowing to lower prescription drug costs, and rebuilding America's nuclear weapons arsenal, according to National Public Radio.

"Tonight, I call upon on all of us to set aside our differences, to seek out common ground, and to summon the unity we need to deliver for the people," Trump said in his address, per NPR. "This is really the key. These are the people we were elected to serve."

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President Donald Trump's State of the Union address on Tuesday was nine minutes short of the record for longest SOTU speech held by President Bill Clinton.
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