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Published January 24, 2012, 10:19 PM

Fargo Senator Tim Mathern provides input for State of the Union

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The President got a little help with his address from someone right here in Fargo. He called on a longtime state lawmaker for input.

The President got a little help with his address from someone right here in Fargo. He called on a longtime state lawmaker for input.

State Senator Tim Mathern has met the President in the past but never expected a call that came in last Friday. The President was looking for input from government officials across the country.

First, Senator Mathern got an email from staffers at the White House asking if he would be interested in providing some input for the president's speech.

A short time later, the democrat was on the phone speaking with the President and his advisers in a call that lasted an hour. He said the president talked for 10 to 15 minutes, while his advisers also weighed in tossing ideas around, until it came to the economy and jobs.

State Senator Tim Mathern – (D) Fargo: :Some of his chief advisers were saying, ‘You know Mr. President in the last few months we've started to turn this around and we've got this many jobs,’ and he just stopped it and he said, ‘Wait a minute here there's too many people unemployed there's too many college graduates with no job this is not good enough and we need to move forward.’”

Senator Mathern also encouraged the President to talk about all the good the government does

A point the president emphasized best in his praise of our military and its actions in taking down Osama Bin Laden.

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