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Sen. Portman on the State of the Union: 'More of the same' from President Obama, common ground with Republicans is possible

This morning on "Starting Point," Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) talks with Soledad O'Brien and John Berman and weighs in on President Obama's State of the Union address.

“I was most encouraged about what he said about entitlement reform and tax reform,” Sen. Portman says. "I think as President, his role is to explain to the American people what’s really going on...Entitlement programs, as important as they are, are not sustainable in their current form."

"At one point in the speech, he said we need to reform our entitlement programs and it’s not going to be easy. And that’s what the American people need to hear from him. Folks are tired of hearing this notion that somehow everything is fine. They know the economy is not doing well,” Sen. Portman adds.

See more from the interview in the clip below.

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