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Gainesville woman to attend presidential address for answers
Sarah Beth Schulte

State of the Union address

When: 9 tonight

Where: On network and cable news TV stations and online at or the White House’s YouTube channel

Gainesville resident Sarah Beth Schulte says President Barack Obama has some explaining to do about the new health care law’s impact on residents.

Schulte will attend tonight’s State of the Union address at the invitation of U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville.

“That’s what I think everybody is looking for him to address,” she said. “I don’t know if I’m truly expecting there to be, but I’m hopeful that there would be some answers given.”

Schulte recently moved to Hall County to work as the recruiting and mobilization coordinator for Rahab’s Rope, a Gainesville nonprofit that combats human trafficking in India by reaching out to at-risk women.

The organization sells handmade goods in its downtown Gainesville retail store to support its mission.

“Young professionals just like Sarah Beth in Georgia and across the country are trying to build lives for themselves and serve others, but they’re the ones facing the economic impact of Obamacare,” Collins, who represents Georgia’s 9th District, said in a statement.

“I’m inviting Sarah Beth to sit in the chamber (tonight) because President Obama needs to be reminded that there’s more to governing than partisanship and political fights.”

Schulte said she was surprised by the invitation, but welcomed the opportunity to hear the president speak in person.

“The State of the Union is one of the biggest annual events in government and politics,” she said.

Political observers expect the president to discuss everything from immigration reform and climate change to the Affordable Care Act and income inequality.

“I’d like to hear some talk about the economy at large,” Schulte said, “and some real solutions provided rather than just more political rhetoric. And I have a lot of issues that are near and dear to my heart that if he addresses those, that would be wonderful.”

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