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US President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at the Apollo Theatre in New York on January 19, 2012.
Millions will tune in tonight as President Obama reclaims the spotlight from his Republican rivals and delivers his third State of the Union address. The speech is an important platform for the President, as he tries to frame the choice facing voters in November.
The President is likely to tout his administration’s biggest accomplishments, such as ending the war in Iraq, the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan and most notably, the killing of Osama bid Laden. But without a doubt, the economy will be front and center.
With economic anxiety showing everywhere, Obama will focus on his vision for restoring the middle class and persuading voters to stick with him, despite jobless numbers sticking at 8.5%. The President will confront a deeply divided Congress, urging them to work together to get more done. However, given his re-election campaign, the President is likely to promise to work on his own.
Will it be enough to sway waffling voters? Can Obama convince those struggling financially, that he’s the man with the best plan for fixing what ails us?
Hans Nichols, Bloomberg News White House Correspondent