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Senator Shaheen: 'I Share the President's Optimism'

Allegra Boverman

New Hampshire Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen says she shares President Barack Obama's optimism about the future. 

Speaking shortly after the President's final State of the Union address Tuesday night, Shaheen says she agrees that the political system needs to do a better job of facing the nation's challenges.

She also says she was pleased that Obama acknowledged the current prescription drug addiction epidemic in his speech.

"It's particularly good to hear the President of the United States say that this has got to be a national priority."

Shaheen says that president was correct in saying ISIL will not bring down America, and added that she didn't need the president to spell out specifics on how he would defeat the terrorist group.

"We're not going to be able to bomb ISIL into oblivion. We've got to address it in a variety of ways."

Shaheen also says she hopes the president will submit to Congress a plan to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center.

Peter Biello is the host of All Things Considered and Writers on a New England Stage at New Hampshire Public Radio. He has served as a producer/announcer/host of Weekend Edition Saturday at Vermont Public Radio and as a reporter/host of Morning Edition at WHQR in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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