A small but diverse focus group sat with KING 5 Tuesday night to watch President Donald Trump's State of the Union address.
Olga Farnam is a Hispanic Republican.
Cassandra Armstrong is a transgender Democrat.
Paul Stewart is a new U.S. citizen originally from New Zealand.
“He hit on the points about everything he’s done that the American people have benefited from The increase in jobs, the rise in wages, the 45-year low in unemployment," said Farnam.
She believes the President tried to strike a more bipartisan tone and liked the emphasis on economy and security.
Armstrong noticed the policy areas President Trump failed to mention, including LGBTQ rights. She also believes the President could have made a much larger effort to reach across the aisle.
“I would like to hear more willingness to cooperate with less, ‘I’ll cooperate, but...,” said Armstrong. "I think the President is very set in his ways and when he places things on the table, he doesn't really budge."
Stewart didn't vote in the last election but approves of the current economy and the Trump administration's emphasis on security.
“Overall, I found it quite positive," Stewart said of the speech. "The thing I was looking for which he did come across was America first. That’s what I was looking at, making American strong. I always believe if America is strong, they can give more to the rest of the world."
As for what the three would like to see improved next year?
Farnam would like to see greater focus on tackling the opioid epidemic, a topic briefly mentioned in the speech.
"I would like to see him come down like a ton of bricks on big pharma and the physicians who overprescribe," said Farnam. "I think that has a huge impact on our society."
Armstrong, who is dependent on funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, says she would like to see more affordable housing.
"I would like to see an improvement in policy there. I’d like to see more accessibility nationwide for homeless and houseless people," Armstrong said.
For Stewart, it's a return to civility in politics.
“I’d like to see more dialogue, less of the personal attacks on both sides," Stewart said.