Tension in Democratic Party after Obama speech

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Associated Press

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 2:03 AM

BOSTON (AP) — Liberal activists in Massachusetts and beyond say they're skeptical about President Barack Obama's ability to achieve the goals outlined in his State of the Union address.

Those gathered in living room watch parties joined many in the Democratic Party's far-left wing who are disappointed by the president's job performance facing a deeply divided Congress. Liberal leaders offered mixed reactions to the speech.

Some said they were pleased with Obama's focus on the minimum wage and economic inequality but it did little to stem their waning enthusiasm for the president.

They are frustrated with Obama's progress on liberal prescriptions for health care, taxes and Wall Street reform, among other issues. The reactions underscore lingering tension between the Democratic Party's moderate and liberal wings.

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