Tucson prominent in State of the Union

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Most Tucsonans watched the State of the Union at home, but some gathered for special "watch parties."

Pima County's Democratic Party hosted several dozen people at its midtown headquarters.

Not surprisingly, the partisan crowd gave the president high marks.

Many viewers wanted to know more about the President's proposals to fix the economy.

"Were able to come together as a community and listen to what the president has to say, just excited to hear what he has to say and how we can help improve our economy and create more jobs."

Tucson played a special role in the President's speech Tuesday night.

With a tribute to Congresswoman Giffords, some special guests in attendance, and a message of moving forward with more civil public debate.

Just moments into his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama paid tribute to the recovering Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

"And as we mark this occasion, we are also mindful of the empty chair in this Chamber, and pray for the health of our colleague - and our friend - Gabby Giffords," said President Obama during his address.

Next to that empty chair sat Arizona's other members of Congress.

Special guests of First Lady Michelle Obama were John, Roxanna and Dallas Green, the parents and older brother of little Christina Green, the youngest victim of the Safeway massacre.  Also there were members of the UMC medical team, and Daniel Hernandez the intern who helped care for the congresswoman until help arrived.

Members of Congress wore black and white ribbons to honor Giffords and the other shooting victims.

Giffords reportedly watched the address from her hospital room in Houston.

The President spoke about how Americans on each side of the political aisle came together in tragedy.

"But there's a reason the tragedy in Tucson gave us pause. Amid all the noise and passions and rancor of our public debate, Tucson reminded us that no matter who we are or where we come from, each of us is a part of something greater - something more consequential than party or political preference," said President Obama.

Obama referenced Christina Taylor Green in saying Americans need to look at what they have in common, rather than what's different.

"We are part of the American family. We believe that in a country where every race and faith and point of view can be found, we are still bound together as one people; that we share common hopes and a common creed; that the dreams of a little girl in Tucson are not so different than those of our own children, and that they all deserve the chance to be fulfilled," said President Obama.

As republicans and democrats in the chamber sat side-by-side in the chamber, the President insisted how we get along coming out of the Tucson tragedy is up to us.

"What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow."