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What Coloradans need to know about Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address
Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech will start at 7 p.m. Colorado time
President Donald Trump will give his first State of the Union address this week, and there are some things that Coloradans should be watching for.
The speech will be just after 7 p.m. Mountain Standard Time on Tuesday, and is expected to cover a variety of topics, from Trump’s first-year successes to immigration and infrastructure.
Here’s what you need to know ahead of the address:
What is Trump expected to say?
The president is expected to spend a good deal of his address Tuesday night focusing on the successes of his administration in its first year, from job and economic growth to passage of the GOP’s tax overhaul late last year.
A senior administration official, speaking to reporters Friday on a conference call, said Trump will also focus specifically on infrastructure, trade and national security, as well as immigration.
The official said to expect a forward-looking speech focused on bipartisanship. He said the theme will be “building a safe, strong, proud America.”
Trump’s guests at the speech are expected to be people who are benefiting from the Republican tax overhaul and those impacted by the nation’s opioid crisis.
Who from Colorado is going to be there?
Members of Congress are typically joined by guests who can put a face to an important issue, and this year is no different.
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, will be joined by DACA recipient Anarely Marquez, who was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. as a child. Polis’ office says Marquez lives in his district and went on to thrive at Colorado State University after graduating from high school with a high grade-point average.
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colorado, will be accompanied by a Denver Public Schools teacher while U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Denver, is not taking a guest after giving her visitor passes to another member of the state’s congressional delegation.
U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, gave tickets to the State of the Union to Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown and 14-year-old Weston Imer, who was a backer of Trump’s Colorado campaign and has shown a big interest in politics.
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Aurora, is bringing Heidi Ganahl, an at-large University of Colorado regent and a fellow Republican.
U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Windsor, will be accompanied by his wife, Perry, a Colorado state lawmaker.
U.S. Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colorado Springs, will be joined by his wife, Jeanie Lamborn, a spokesman said.
(The Denver Post has reached out to the rest of Colorado’s congressional delegation about their guests and will update this story with any additional information.)
Who is giving the Democrats’ response?
U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts will deliver the Democratic response to the president’s address. He is the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, the former senator and U.S. attorney general, and the son of former Rep. Joseph Kennedy II, who served in the House from 1987 to 1999. Democratic leaders are pitching Kennedy as someone who can champion Democratic policies to the middle class.Content originally published by the Denver Post on January 29, 2018.