By Edgar Linares, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesotans are weighing in on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night. Some say they want to hear the president give solutions, not just bring up issues.

“I want to hear how he’s going to address certain solutions and not just raise issues,” said John Tsumura as he waited for a light rail train. “Of course he can raise issues. But I want to hear how he’s going to go about solving the issues.”

One of the issues Tsumura wants addressed is violence and gun control, especially after the shooting in Tucson that killed six and injured Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.

“I think that’s going to be a big issue, I’m for gun control. I think this is a great opportunity for him to address that issue. I just don’t think handguns have a place in our society anymore and I would hope he would do something to solve that problem,” said Tsumura.

Another issue close to many Minnesotans is unemployment and job creation for millions of out of work Americans.

“I would like to hear him talk about his plan on how he’s going to work with the new Republican House on fixing the economy,” said Bob Brown on his way to work.

Brown was unemployed for 11 months after the economy tanked.

“I’ve got a wife and kids and 11 months of no income. It’s not because I’m not out there beating the streets looking for a job,” he said.

The speech is getting much attention because of the seating chart. Republicans and Democrats will sit together instead of their usual separation.

“I think it’s finally a good idea,” said Tammy Mehren, near the Government Plaza station. “Maybe they’re starting to finally realize they have to work together. Because, with them not working together it’s pulling this country apart.”

Mehren is a former service member and says she was taught to work as a team.

“A team, that’s the only way we’re going to win the war,” said Mehren.

Bob Brown said watching the Republicans sit on one side and Democrats on another would remind him of a football game.

“It’s like going to a football game and watching your favorite team cheering and booing. This is a more solemn occasion. All that cheering, clapping and hissing shouldn’t have any part in this,” said Brown.

Tsumura said tonight’s mix of seats shows Democrats and Republicans can work together.

“But I’d rather see them meet with each other behind closed doors and get things done. Than just doing this for camera appearances,” said Tsumura.

Comments (15)
  1. CACHE says:

    One must listen carefully to the this Liar…Watch what this bum says Versus what he does…This cheschire cat’s spots have NOT changed…DO NOT BE FOOLED WITH charming phooey RHETORIC!

    1. Pat R in Hopkins says:

      This “Liar” as you call him???? The only group that has ever lied to the public is the republican party. Not one thing that has come out of their mouth been the truth. Let’s take for instance that worthless thing from Stillwater, Bachmann. She wants to cut out all subsidies, but when there are subsidies to be handed out, her hand is the first hand to be stuck out. She still has land in Wisconsin that the government is still paying her subsidies for, talk about being two faces, hypocritical. Then there is the business that her and her husband started. How did the started it, by subsidies from the government. It is fine for that wanking witch to get what she wants, but no one else should be able to get it. All you republicans are exactly the same, you want everything, but when it come time for others get a piece of it, you don’t want anyone to have any of it. IF ANYONE NEEDS TO STOP THE LYEING AND THE RHETORIC IT IS YOU WORTHLESS REPUBLICANS.

  2. Said says:

    The republicans have to be the most clueless and stupidest people wandering the earth. Too bad there are so many in the US. Often I start to think the US has no future when there are so many republicans. The republicans from years ago were fine, but these new ones are the worst. They represent everything that keeps the US down.
    Bush actually didn’t ever listen to any opposing points of view and he did run roughshod over the nation for eight years, stripping civil liberties, allowing corporations to raid the store, and giving the rest of the world a great big middle finger.
    They remind me of a bad sports team with a even worse coach. It’s like “OK team, listen up! No matter how bad we’re getting beat and how much we lose, we’re going to stick to the game plan. It doesn’t matter if the opposing team know our playbook to he letter, and the fans have even figured it out. We will stay the course.

    In other words, why are they so dumb?

    1. MJ says:

      Spoken like a true “bleeding heart” liberal!!! and the democrats have done such a fabulous job so far. Of course I forgot that the llibs like to candy coat everything and treat everyone like we’re too stupid to see their BS for what it is!!

    2. Victim Du Jour says:

      Seems like districts that vote heavily for Democrats have the most Welfare, highschool drop outs, drug crimes, unemployed and so on.

    3. TS says:


      I encourage you to pick up a book on grammar from your local library. Read it front to back and return when you have a better understanding of the proper ways to use the english language. Knowledge really is power.

      Your Republican friend (one of those new ones that are “the worst”).

  3. shirley says:

    Why does every body want everything RIGHT now? Do you really think some republican or even another democrat is going to come in with a magic wand and zap every issue in place and make every one happy? Let’s have patience people.

  4. said says:

    No, seriously. I want to know

    They get six years of free reign during which they drive the country into a ditch. Not just any ditch, either–a snow-filled ditch with a pond of thin ice at the bottom, far, far away from the nearest gas station. Then, they start losing. So, instead of asking themselves why they are losing, they double down, and lose some more.

    Then, they finally begin to wonder why they are losing. But they stubbornly refuse to believe that people might not like their ideas. What they do know is that the Democrats used social networking technology to their benefit during the 2008 election cycle. So, they go all in for the omg. And, they notice that a message that seemed to resonate with voters was that Bush never listened to anyone else’s ideas and just did whatever he wanted. People didn’t like it. So, in their infinite stupidity, they’ve decided that if they can liken President Obama and the Democrats to terrorists/Hitler/socialists/fascists who don’t care what the opposition thinks, people will vote for them again.

  5. Brady says:

    When will the $2.5 trillion that our government has stolen from our SS trust fund be repaid? Why do we feel we have to be the world police? Why did we focus more on assisting the people of Haiti than the folks down in New Orleans? Is it fair that illegals suck $$ out of our social programs? Can we please critique the people that are abusing our welfare system.

  6. Darius says:

    Pat R,
    Both parties are pathetic and lie through their teeth. Obama and the Democrats aren’t exempt. Its pitiful how much they all lie!

    Here is one of the most dangerous of recent lies. The reality of Obamacare was so much different than what he campaigned on. We didn’t get any hc reform.

  7. Brian says:

    I agree totally Darius. Since congress began back in 1774 both republicans and democrats have been responsible for our countries success, or lack there of. For that reason I generally do not follow any particular party lines. Is there a common sense party out there?

    1. Victim Du Jour says:

      So you are saying for 200 years, the United States became the most modern and civilized country in the world with a free market system without Socialism?

  8. Seen it all says:

    After reading some of the comments on this forum I find hard to believe that sometimes, we actually get anything done. People are so polarized in their beliefs. Not a lot of middle of the road thinking going on here. This is too bad. Politics like religion just seems to bring out the best in people.
    I guess that’s what makes america such a great place to live. Weather you agree with the president or not have patience. There will be a new one in there to take his place for our sniping and whining and all the blame we want to heap on . Have faith change is inevitable.
    God Bless The USA

  9. mike says:

    Think about it folks, we either hear what we want to hear from whom we think will do the magic for us or we hear what we don’t want to hear from the same polititian. If we don’t like it we’ll elect someone that will tell what we want to hear. Right?
    What has happened to us , to the country, is that we have created a career for our elected people. I don’t think it matters what they do when elected we just keep voting the same kind of person into office.
    We’re going to hear it again tonight when the president sells some more of what the voters want to hear. That’s what got him elected. He is a good salesman and he’s getting ready for 2012 when he will convince enough people to re-elect him. When he gets re-elected he again can go through his next term just as G.W. did and not really get anything accomplished. It’s not totally their fault though, since the house and the senate have a lot to do with the shape our country is in.

  10. david says:

    let us all remember that for the last 30 years each party has had a turn at running our ciuntry, and now look where we are. it`s time to stop pointing fingers and get on with the task at hand. what can all of us do to help right hte ship. also remember the president is only one man right or wrong he is trying, if everyone fights rather than getting together and finding a solution the hole gets deeper. so come on stop bickering and see if there is something you can do to help. like listen to all points of view.

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