As the nation prepares to hear President Obama deliver his final State of the Union address tonight at 9:00 p.m., Charleston residents are gearing up for a week at the eye of the campaign-trail storm.
President Obama will give his seventh and final speech to Congress and the country tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET. Presidents typically use the State of the Union as time to outline their goals, highlight successes and make demands of Congress. Entering his final year in office, Obama is expected to depart from the usual. In a White House video Pres. Obama reflected on his terms and hinted at a focus on “the big things” America will need to succeed years after he’s stepped down. Here are details about how and when to watch the speech, which will be streaming on YouTube and the White House website.
After the speech, stay tuned to hear South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley deliver the Republican response. Gov. Haley has garnered national recognition in recent months for her work in South Carolina. Supporters have praised her efforts to jump start the state’s economy and deal with damage in the wake of this fall’s historic flooding. Haley also stepped into the national spotlight in the aftermath of the Mother Emanuel A.M.E. shooting this summer, calling for the removal of the Confederate flag from State House grounds. Her performance, coupled with the request to respond to the State of the Union tonight, have led many to speculate that Haley will get the Republican Vice Presidential nomination.
Even closer to home, Charleston residents are preparing for another round of candidates this week. On Thursday night, the North Charleston Coliseum will host Fox Business Network’s second Republican presidential debate. On Sunday night, the Gaillard Center in downtown Charleston will host the fourth Democratic presidential debate. CisternYard News will have coverage of these events and more as the campaigns continue to heat up.