1985 State of the Union Address

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The 1985 State of the Union address was given by President Ronald Reagan to a joint session of the 99th United States Congress on February 6, 1985. The speech was the first State of the Union address of President Reagan's second term, and his fifth altogether. He stated, "Our progress began not in Washington, DC, but in the hearts of our families, communities, workplaces, and voluntary groups which, together, are unleashing the invincible spirit of one great nation under God."[1] He believed that volunteerism was a key element to the American community.

The president proclaimed the Reagan Doctrine and discussed taxes, reducing the federal deficit and the Strategic Defense Initiative, among other things.

The speech lasted approximately 40 minutes and consisted of 4,955 words.[2] The address was broadcast live on radio and television.

The Democratic Party response was delivered by Governor Bill Clinton of Arkansas, Governor Bob Graham of Florida and House Speaker Tip O'Neill.[3]

Malcolm Baldrige, the Secretary of Commerce, served as the designated survivor.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "State of the Union Address: Ronald Reagan (February 6, 1985)". www.InfoPlease.com. Retrieved August 8, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Length of State of the Union Addresses in Minutes". Presidency.ucsb.edu. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "List of Opposition Responses to State of the Union Addresses". Presidency.ucsb.edu. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Cabinet Members Who Did Not Attend the State of the Union Address". Presidency.ucsb.edu. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 

External links

  • (full transcript), The American Presidency Project, UC Santa Barbara.
  • Full video and audio, Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia.
  • 1985 State of the Union Address (video) at C-SPAN
Preceded by
1984 State of the Union Address
State of the Union addresses
Succeeded by
1986 State of the Union Address
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