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Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 01/25/2012

State of the Union 2012 analysis: Obama on transportation

If the State of the Union sparks any bipartisanship in this election year, it may come in the form of legislation on transportation, an area in which both parties traditionally have found common ground.

“So much of America needs to be rebuilt,” the president said. “We’ve got crumbling roads and bridges.”

And from there he went on to cite the Hoover Dam and Golden Gate Bridge as Depression-era examples of a nation that invested in its infrastructure in the midst of hard times. Then he turned to the vast interstate highway system, built after World War II and in need of massive repair.

And when he promised an executive order clearing away red tape that encumbers the start of public construction projects, he swiped a page from the GOP playbook.

“But you need to fund these projects,” Obama said. “There’s never been a better time to build, especially since the construction industry was one of the hardest-hit when the housing bubble burst.”

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