Pres. Obama Discusses Voting Rights & Gun Violence During The State Of The Union Address (VIDEO) | Roland Martin Reports

WASHINGTON WATCH: Pres. Obama Discusses Voting Rights & Gun Violence During The State Of The Union Address (VIDEO)

Gun violence and also voting rights were on the President’s mind at the State of the Union address earlier this week. The President’s speech was a good balance of his progressive agenda and an attempt to force Republicans in Congress to act on jobs, immigration and especially controlling gun violence.

MR. MARTIN (VOICEOVER): Gun violence and also voting rights were on the President’s mind at the State of the Union address earlier this week.

PRES. OBAMA: We must all do our part to make sure our God-given rights are protected here at home. That includes one of the most fundamental rights of a democracy: the right to vote.

[APPLAUSE.]

PRES. OBAMA: Now … when any American – no matter where they live, or what their party – [is] denied that right because they can’t afford to wait for five, or six, or seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals.

[APPLAUSE.]

PRES. OBAMA: So – so, tonight I’m announcing a nonpartisan commission to improve the voting experience in America, and it definitely needs improvement.

[APPLAUSE.]

PRES. OBAMA: We can fix this, and we will. The American people demand it, and so does our democracy.

[APPLAUSE.]

MR. MARTIN (VOICEOVER): The President’s speech was a good balance of his progressive agenda and an attempt to force Republicans in Congress to act on jobs, immigration and especially controlling gun violence.

Most of the reviews of the speech were positive,