Local political science professor weighs in on SOTU

UC Political Science professor Luke Perry weighs in on President Trump's SOTU.

Posted: Jan 30, 2018 11:52 PM
Updated: Jan 30, 2018 11:59 PM

As President Donald Trump delivered his first State of the Union address, a local political voice is weighing in on the 90-minute speech.

Utica College political science professor Luke Perry discussed the speech during NEWSChannel 2 at 11.

Perry examined the President's calls for bipartisanship, which hours before the speech, White House aides claimed would be plentiful.

"I would have thought there would have been some more overt gestures to Democrats, laying out a vision of how they can work together in several policy areas," Perry said. "That didn't really seem to be the case. Early on, there certainly were some nods to patriotism and wanting to unify the country, but when he got into the different policy issues, he really didn't discuss them in a way that I think a lot of Democrats would be excited to grab onto."

One area where President Trump highlighted the importance of reaching across the aisle was immigration.

"I think to the president's credit, he's laid out a clear vision at this point in regards to immigration, and he very much wants money for border security to build the wall that he campaigned on," Perry said. "I think there's definitely a possibility for the two sides to work together there. What I've been hearing the last few days is, where it gets more complicated is some of the other parts of the president's plan, in terms of ending chain migration as he calls it. In terms of lowering the overall levels of immigration coming into the country, it doesn't seem like there's a political will for that to happen, so I think for him to be successful, he'll have to narrow the focus of it to be able to come up with something that most Democrats and Republicans at large can agree to."

Perry says President Trump's push for improved infrastructure Tuesday night closely intersects with the needs of New York's 22nd congressional district.

"I think infrastructure in terms of the focus, is probably where there's the most overlap with the needs of the communities in our area," Perry said. "The interesting thing to see again, is how far bipartisanship will go. I think Democrats have always been excited about infrastructure as a potential issue to work with the President, but of course, the details matter."

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