President Biden focuses on Ukraine, economy in State of Union and says we will 'be okay'
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The president's State of the Union address spanned everything from the economy to prescription drug prices, but the Ukraine invasion took center stage.
With his Build Back Better social-spending agenda stalled in Congress, the White House hoped to use the primetime speech to introduce his historic Supreme Court nominee, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, and jump-start his domestic agenda.
But then Russia President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine. With Russian troops bearing down on Ukraine's capital amid a rising death toll, Biden led his speech with the escalating conflict in Eastern Europe, hailing the unified response by the U.S. and its Western allies.
“In the battle between democracies and autocracies, democracies are rising to the moment," Biden said. "Putin may circle Kyiv with tanks, but he'll never gain the hearts and souls of the Ukrainian people. He'll never extinguish their love of freedom."
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