Region 8 Residents React to State of the Union

JANUARY 20, 2004 -- Posted at 11:45pm

JONESBORO, AR - President George W. Bush begins his re-election campaign after delivering this year's State of the Union address. The speech to Congress and the rest of the nation began shortly after 8pm CST Tuesday. Many Region 8 residents' concerns were mentioned, such as the economy, healthcare and the war on terrorism.

When asked about how well President Bush has handled national security and the battles in Iraq and Afghanistan, Deanna Burton said, "Fabulously."

"I do think he's handled that well," added Sequoia Feeherty.

Others don't agree.

"I really didn't think that the war should've happened the way that it did," commented Jon Ray.

Sara Mullally said, "It's been pretty good, but the spending on terrorism is kind of shocking to some people."

How the White House and legislators are spending money to help boost the economy is also a concern.

Ray explained, "I think that he could find more appropriate ways to spend the money."

"Do something to create more jobs and maybe more tax breaks," Burton suggested.

"Unemployment has affected my family, and the President could just have better healthcare and social security for the future generations," said Mullally.

In fact, none of the people we spoke with think President Bush and those on Capitol Hill are doing enough to improve healthcare. However, most of them agreed to spending more money on a new space plan for NASA.

"I don't know as far as just wanting to go back to the moon. I don't understand why we would want to do that," commented Jon Ray. "I think he should concentrate more on the going to Mars."

Sara Mullally added, "..and I would like to see a colony there some day."

"I remember when I was a kid, the space thing. I think you need to continue that," Sequoia Feeherty said.

Deanna Burton was more pessimistic. "I think it might be a bit eager and a little too costly."

President Bush is hoping more voters will agree with the decisions he will be making between now and November; enough to allow him to make the State of the Union speech in 2005.

"I would go for the democratic challenger," said Jon Ray. "Namely Wesley Clark."

Sara Mullally added, "Bush is doing a pretty good job, but I think a new person could do a little better."

"Probably democratic," Sequoia Feeherty agreed.

However, Deanna Burton said, "I'd vote for President Bush. Absolutely."