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In Kern County, Republicans and Democrats both had their television's turned on for the State of the Union address

Posted at 10:53 AM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 14:00:49-05

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — President Donald Trump delivered his third State of the Union address on Tuesday evening. In Kern County, Republicans and Democrats both had their television's turned on.

The theme of the speech was "The Great American Comeback", focusing on healthcare, immigration and national security.

"I have also made an ironclad pledge to American families: We will always protect patients with pre-existing conditions,"President Trump said.

The President touched on national security, and said our military's power is unmatched in anywhere in the world. Also, addressing immigration.

"The United States of America should be a sanctuary for law-abiding Americans...not criminal aliens," President Trump said.

Those on both sides of the aisle locally, Republicans and Democrats weighed in with their thoughts and opinions on President Trump's address.

“He’s doing everything he said he was going to do," Matthew Martin, the executive director of the Kern County Republican Party said.

A watch party was held at Rusty's Pizza Parlor on Ming Avenue in support of President Trump.

Jesse Rojas, a member of the Kern County Republican Party shared his excitement for the upcoming November election.

“It’s going to be another historic one, you know jobs, the economy, security, it’s amazing to see someone who’s standing up and keeping their promises that they made during the campaign trail," Rojas said.

In Downtown Bakersfield, the State of the Union was eventually turned off and local democrats continued with their monthly 'Dinner with the Democrats'.

The focus of their meeting was to find solutions for issues in Kern County.

“I’ve never seen President Trump actually address the real-underlying issues,” Julie Solis, a California State Democratic Delegate said.

Brian Russom, a democrat who attended the 'Dinner with Democrats' event said he wouldn't watch the address even if he was at home.

“I watched his first one because everyone was curious – if he was going to be the nasty person that he was when he was running for President," Russom said. "Or rather he would pivot and actually, become Presidential, and I was disappointed to see he’s not Presidential.”

The President laid out his vision for the final year of his first term in office, in hopes that his agenda will lead to a second.

"If we hadn't reversed the failed economic policies of the previous administration, the world would not now be witnessing this great economic success, " President Donald Trump said.

But it was the end of the address that has been a topic of conversation. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped her copy of President Trump's speech.

In response to her reaction, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy responded on Twitter. According to the Twitter post, McCarthy tweeted "how petty of Pelosi" and added "Americans are winning, in spite of the do-nothing democrats.

On Wednesday, the Senate will cast their votes on the charges of abuse of power, obstruction of congress presented by the House.