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Johnson, Thune, Noem respond to President's call for cooperation

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     Today President Obama took his State of the Union message on a customary road trip.

     At an auto parts plant in North Carolina, the President repeated his call for an increase in the minimum wage.
     But Republicans said raising the minimum wage isn't the answer - and would just make it harder for small businesses to hire.
     Last night, it was an emotional moment on gun control that really stole the show. "Gabby Giffords deserves a vote. The families of Newtown deserve a vote. The families of Aurora deserve a vote. The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence - they deserve a simple vote."

     Will lawmakers support a vote?
     That's what we wanted to know.
     Today, we posed the question to South Dakota lawmakers... do they believe some of the various gun proposals introduced in congress deserve a vote? Here is what Senator John Thune told us earlier today. "If they want to have votes on gun control for example they would bring a bill to the floor and open up the amendment process, then we ought to do that. I have no objection to that. I think it's a conversation that we need to have. I'm interested in doing things that actually help solve the problem."

     South Dakota Senator Tim Johnson told us "Everyone who comes to Congress should expect to take tough votes on controversial issues. I will carefully consider all proposals and look forward to a thorough debate on the issue."

     Congresswoman Kristi Noem stated in a statement..."I'm interested in looking at the culture of violence we see in the media and how that plays a role as well as ways to keep firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill."

     We took a transcript of last night's State of the Union address and created a word cloud to see what words were used the most.
     The bigger the word, the more it was used.
     The word the president used most often was jobs --- possibly a sign that the U-S economy still weighs heavy on his mind.

     Other words mentioned often include America, Congress and energy. 
     We've posted the entire word cloud on our Facebook page.
     Check it out, and tell us what you think.

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