WEB EXCLUSIVE: Corning CEO Reacts to State of the Union Address

Erica Berman
Wednesday, 26 Jan 2011 | 11:19 AM ET

Investors may have noticed a familiar face sitting alongside the First Lady during Tuesday night's State of the Union address. Hours after an estimate-crushing fourth-quarter earnings report, Corning CEO Wendell Weeks was in attendance in Washington.

Mr. Weeks's presence was symbolic. Corning is best described as a 160-year-old technology company which has stayed ahead of the curve by embracing innovation -- one of the President's most important themes.

Earlier Wednesday, Wendell Weeks spoke exclusively with Fast Money's Melissa Lee. Weeks revealed his response to one of the President's most important takeaways for Wall Street -- his plan to lower the corporate tax rate.

Corning CEO Reacts to State of the Union
Corning CEO Wendell Weeks, President Obama's special guest at the State of the Union address, reveals his reaction to the President's comments about the corporate tax rate.

"...making the tax code simpler, more straightforward...I think that makes a lot of sense. A tax code that encourages and advantages job growth also makes a lot of sense," said Weeks.

And if the President succeeds in lowering corporate taxes, how will that impact how Corning competes on the international scene?

For the answer to this question and more from Melissa's exclusive interview, tune into Fast Money at 5 p.m. Eastern on CNBC.

Then after the live broadcast we'll have even more for you on the website.

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