January 11th, 2016


Live from Washington, anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will lead the network’s comprehensive coverage of President Obama’s final State of the Union Address with Dana Bash providing updates live from Statuary Hall. CNN’s Erin Burnett OutFront will kick off the evening’s coverage live from Capitol Hill at 7pm, followed by a special AC360.  The Republican response, delivered by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will follow.  

CNN’s Politics team including Brianna Keilar, Jeff Zeleny, Sara Murray and Manu Raju will be deployed across the country and Jim Acosta will be live from the White House. Throughout the evening, news and commentary will be provided by John King, Gloria Borger, Michael Smerconish and David Axelrod, along with the network’s political contributors Paul Begala, Amanda Carpenter, Van Jones and Mike Rogers.  

CNN will also incorporate a Microsoft Pulse National Focus Group into its coverage, with Tom Foreman offering viewers real-time feedback on the President’s speech.

CNN International will simulcast both the Presidential address and the Republican response live to more than 300 million households around the world. In addition, Juan Carlos López and Fernando del Rincón will anchor CNN en Español’s special live coverage of the Presidential address and the Republican response.

A CNN/ORC International poll will also be released during the 11pm hour on President Obama’s proposed policies and impressions of the speech. 

CNN Digital’s CNNPolitics.com, the number one online political news destination, will host incisive enterprise analysis, original digital video and live news coverage of the evening,  enhancing every viewing experience across platforms. A social stream and live blog will feature commentary and social videos that will build on Twitter and Facebook chats with CNN’s top political anchors and correspondents throughout the week. Join in on the conversation using #SOTU.

CNN’s live expert coverage and analysis can also be viewed on CNNgo, which is available at CNN.com/go on your desktop, smartphone, iPad, AppleTV and Roku devices. 

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