When asked for specifics in an interview with CNN's Dana Bash explaining his earlier remarks that much of the opposition to President Obama's policies was based on the color of his skin, 11-term Mississippi U.S. Representative Bennie Thompson stated, "I've seen quite a few State of the Union messages, I've never heard a president called a liar in a State of the Union message." That example was a reference to the infamous "You lie!" outburst by Republican South Carolina U.S. Representative Joe Wilson in 2009. But that didn't occur at a State of the Union Address. Wilson's heavily criticized exclamation actually came during a September 2009 Address to a Joint Session of Congress on health care reform.
While multiculturalism and bilingualism are increasingly en vogue in some quarters as the world seemingly becomes a smaller place, one very high profile 2014 Democratic candidate does not shy away from the fact that she only speaks one language: English. In an attempt to highlight her private sector credentials working for Trek Bicycle, Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mary Burke boasts on her campaign bio page how she made great strides in international business dealings...while only speaking English: "Despite not speaking a single foreign language, she established sales and distribution operations in seven countries over just three years." Note: According to 2010 Census data, nearly half a million Wisconsinites over five years old speak a language other than English at home, or 8.7 percent, while 4.6 percent of Badger State residents do not speak English at all.
Much has been made about Charlie Crist's political transformation from Republican to independent to Democrat en route to winning the Florida GOP and Democratic gubernatorial nominations over a span of eight years. Party-switching aside, Crist is also vying to become just the second Florida governor to serve two interrupted terms. Democrat William Bloxham was the first - serving four year terms from 1881 to 1885 and then 1897 to 1901. Florida did not permit governors serving consecutive terms for most of its 123 years prior to changes made in its 1968 constitution. Since then four have done so: Democrats Reubin Askew, Bob Graham, and Lawton Chiles and Republican Jeb Bush.
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