KEY MOMENTS IN PRESIDENT’S SPEECH
Raise the minimum wage
"Tonight, let's declare that, in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty," said the president, who told the nation that a full time minimum-wage worker makes just $14,500 per year. The president wants the minimum wage to hit $9 by 2015 and then be tied to the cost of living in the future.
Fixing the voting process
"I'm asking two long-time experts in the field -- who, by the way, recently served as the top attorneys for my campaign and for Governor Romney's campaign -- to lead it," he said. "We can fix this. And we will. The American people demand it, and so does our democracy."
Gun control legislation
He pressured lawmakers to acknowledge the fact that "more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun" since Newtown by at least voting on something designed to stem the tide.
Preschool and education
For Congress to pass the Higher Education Act, which tied federal aid for colleges to affordability and value. On the other issues, however, the president seemed largely to be trying to push a national conversation. For high schools, he said merely that he was "announcing a new challenge" for them to better prepare students for the high-tech sector.Also available in iTunes
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