The Daily Rundown | February 12, 2013
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>> chuck will be back later in the show, but i'm holding down the fort. that was hob in his second inaugural speech where he laid out both an aggressive and progressive agenda. can we expect more of the same tonight? joining me now to talk about it is the senior adviser. let's start and mitch mcconnell said he expected another aggressive campaign-like pitch. is that an unfair way? he has been significantly more aggressive and in his speech, you guys said this is a second act being the first. is he going to strike a similar aggressive tone tonight?
>> what you will hear from the president has to be aggressive. he believes the economy grows best from the middle out. he will reach out to republicans and encourage him to work with him. he is going to talk about his approaches that he believes is bet for america.
>> how much reaching out is he going to do and how much on actual policy. republicans have criticized and said he wants to work with us, but when you get down to the proposals and what he does and what his senior officials do, there is not that much. are we going to see proposals and what they have been supportive of or is this going to be about bipartisanship?
>> they put americans back to work by helping small businesses and what they traditionally supported. they moved far to the right and have been less supportive and taken a my way or the highway approach. the only thing is to cut away posterity. they require both sides to get everything they want.
>> what if they are not willing to work with you? the president is reelected. he doesn't need to worry about getting elected again. he came to washington four years ago or so saying he wanted to change the culture and break the gridlock. he struggled to do that. where do you go if they say this is not meeting the mill. beyond what he lays out tonight.
>> the approximately will do what he has done in the past. mobilize the american people and build support and push the republicans to do what's in the best interest of the country. they were forced to protect tax cuts and asking the wealth tow pay more. that's what they had to do to make sure the tax cuts won't go up. that's not the best way to do things, but the republican water will be trying to obstruct everything. they will mobilize the american people and the party suffered from the obstructionist tactics as a historic low. they had a rough election. they didn't just lose the presidency. the senate democrats picked up seats and house democrats got more votes and picked up seats in the house. the question is, the republicans like leader kantor had given speeches and let's hope they come out with a new approach here.
>> can i ask you quickly on democrats, particularly on guns and the gun control proposals like mary landry and tim johnson and max bacchus and all these people are up for reelection and might be queasy about voting for everything that the president proposed. what's the message to them? do you go to the public and pressure democrat who is are not with the president on his agenda?
>> look. we do not assume that every democrat in the senate and house support everything he does. we represent all areas and north, south, east and west . we are proud of that. on the proposals the president put forward to grow the economy and deal with immigration and address gun violence and had support in the country, the overall majority will be with the democrats. will republicans join and do what they want to address the challeng challenges.
>> i want to ask, will we hear something from the president on that? i know you guys said a little bit and will we hear more tonight on that?
>> well, look. some asked whether this changes his speech. this is making no in his speech. he will prepare to address north korea . this is a highly provocative act that threatens security. he was planning to deal with north korea in the speech.
>> i might add fellow georgetown alumni and six straight wins in the northeast. thank you, dan.
>> up next, the republican view. ahead of the big speech, kevin mccarthy joins us. the gop continues to struggle to find its voice are the double responses. further proof of the party's problems. before we get to that, it's today's trivia question. who is the last president to not deliver a state of the union address in person? tweet us at daily run down. the first correct answer will get a follow tuesday from us.