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Nation will be stronger after election, PBS anchorwoman Judy Woodruff tells crowd at the University of Oklahoma

Judy Woodruff, a senior correspondent and anchorwoman for “PBS NewsHour,” discussed the impact of President Barack Obama's re-election on the country's future Monday at the University of Oklahoma.
by Silas Allen Published: November 14, 2012

Woodruff said she expects to see real progress in the area of immigration reform and more states legalize gay marriage in the next few years. She also expects to see the unemployment rate continue to drop.

“This is really going out on a limb,” she said.

Lawmakers will find a solution to avoid taking the country over the so-called “fiscal cliff” — a combination of expiring tax cuts and deep spending cuts that experts say could have devastating effects on the economy.

Whatever solution lawmakers reach is likely to include both spending cuts and tax increases for at least some Americans, Woodruff said.

Mostly, Woodruff said, she hopes to see Democrats and Republicans begin to work together for the good of the country. The country faces dire fiscal and social problems in the weeks and months ahead, she said, and political posturing and inflexibility don't solve any of them.

“I don't know that they ever did,” she said. “But that's been the coin of the realm for the past several years.”

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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