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Published January 24, 2012, 05:28 PM

GF Residents Anticipate Obama's 'State of the Union' Address

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Tuesday night, President Obama is expected to address the economy, jobs, energy and skills for American workers in his State of the Union Address.

GRAND FORKS, ND (WDAZ-TV) - Tuesday night, President Obama is expected to address the economy, jobs, energy and skills for American workers in his State of the Union Address.

Some Grand Forks residents hope the President talks about specific mid-west hot topics in his speech.

The Keystone XL Pipeline was recently rejected by President Obama.

Although some local people believe the pipeline would create more jobs and boost the economy, others agree with his decision.

"It has been a hot topic and I was very impressed I thought that was a bold move on the presidents part," said occupy organizer, Nancy Hennen.

Others disagree and say Canada will go elsewhere for fuel.

"Job loss, industry loss will be a pretty much permanent fixture because another country, namely China, will take on that excess crude," said Republican State Representative, Curt Kreun.

Whether it's local or national issues, many agree the President will have a hard time steering clear of the GOP debates.

"I am expecting it would be more about those terms, more about the economy, the pipeline, more about the current issues than posturing for the upcoming election, which I'm afraid it might be," said Grand Forks resident, Tim Spark.

His speech may also include reaction to the nation-wide occupy movement.

"It has to. With the developments and the large numbers that they saw, those people are really deciding right now to vote for Barack Obama or someone else," said Hennen.

Republican Representative Curt Kreun, says "the government one shoe fits all doesn't work," he hopes the "Rich vs. Poor" discussion isn't brought up tonight.

"Picking and choosing who should be more responsible and less responsible, well I think that's irresponsible," said Kreun.

Either way, the Grand Forks community is anticipating tonights speech with high hopes they can relate to some issues discussed.

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