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Obama ends State of Union with emotional demand for gun control vote

President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe

President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, gives his State of the Union address Tuesday during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Feb. 12, 2013) (Credit: AP)

"They deserve a vote" is the line we'll all remember from President Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union address. With Gabby Giffords watching from the audience, the president declared "now is the time" to tighten gun laws. 

During less emotional moments, the president hit on more than a dozen other issues, including: jobs, housing, minimum wage, the war in Afghanistan, immigration reform, women's rights, eduction, trade, the federal budget, climate change, cybersecurity and voting.

Early in his address, President Obama insisted "nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime." Early criticism from Republican congressional members expressed doubt as to how the government could invest in any of the proposed programs without an increase in spending.

See how the speech unfolded, with real-time reactions on Twitter from members of Congress. If you can't see the content below, click here.

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