Pre-State of the Union, Democratic Talking Heads Briefed at White House

Jan 24, 2011 12:40pm

A cavalcade of Democratic talking heads were beckoned to the White House to be briefed on the president’s State of the Union address by White House senior advisers David Axelrod and Stephanie Cutter and communications director Dan Pfeiffer.

Democrats one often sees on television chatting about politics — including ABC News' own Donna Brazile, as well as Margie Omero, Karen Finney, Kiki McLean, Peter Finn, Brendan Daly, Jamal Simmons, and former Democratic Rep. Martin Frost, D-Texas — were herded into the Roosevelt Room to have the speech and the president's hopes for it detailed.

Attendees were told, as ABC News and others have reported, that the theme of the speech is "How We Win the Future," a subject for which the president will outline five pillars: innovation, education, infrastructure, tackling the national debt, and government reform.

The speech, the Democrats were told, will not contain a laundry list of policies or specific proposals, but will rather be a discussion of goals where the president feels the US needs to head. It will be optimistic, and the president will touch on the mood post-Tucson tragedy but not dwell on it.

The Democrats were encouraged to challenge Republicans to govern, to ask "Where’s their plan to govern? What specific spending cuts do they support?"

-Jake Tapper

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