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Obama's State Of The Union Address Draws Mixed Reaction From Local Lawmakers

Pool / Mandel Ngan / AP

President Barack Obama arrives to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, in Washington.

Pool / Mandel Ngan / AP

President Obama's State of the Union address drew mixed reaction from Sacramento-area lawmakers.

In his wide-ranging speech, he championed a plan to close tax loopholes that benefit wealthy Americans. 

Republican Congressman Tom McClintock says such plans won't help the middle class.

"The middle class doesn't need or want more handouts," he says. "They want better jobs, they want more jobs and that's exactly what he's attacking with his plans to tax investment."

The President also highlighted again his earlier proposal to make community college free for students.

Democratic Congressman John Garamendi applauded that goal.

"Don't you just love the idea that people can go to college free?" says Garamendi. "College used to be a public benefit, not a private benefit and we grew America based on that policy."

The president's address also covered global warming and foreign policy.

-Matt Laslo contributed to this report

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