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Obama girds for State of the Union address. His Republican opponents do too.

President Obama will face a tough crowd of Republicans during his State of the Union address Tuesday night. They probably won't like what they hear about taxes and spending.

By Staff writer / February 10, 2013

President Barack Obama shakes hands after giving his State of the Union address last year. Obama will center his upcoming address on boosting job creation and economic growth.

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It’s unlikely that anybody will shout “You lie!” at President Obama as he delivers his State of the Union speech this week (unless it’s at home in front of the TV). Rep. Joe Wilson (R) of South Carolina had to apologize and he was formally reprimanded by the House of Representatives when he did that during a joint session of Congress the President was addressing in 2009.

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Monitor correspondent Liz Marlantes previews President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address.

But Mr. Obama will face a tough crowd Tuesday night – at least among Republicans, who still control the House and have filibuster power in the Senate – as he lays out his plans for job creation and economic growth at a time when unemployment remains high.

Based on his comments to fellow Democrats this past week and insider comment, a variety of news sources have begun outlining what Obama will address – noting that it’ll be his second major speech since being reelected, the first being an inaugural address in which he challenged lawmakers (and the country) along clearly liberal lines.

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“The president will offer proposals for spending on infrastructure, clean energy and education, according to a senior official briefed on the speech,” Bloomberg News reported. “He will also stress the agenda laid out in his inauguration address, pushing Congress for action on immigration, gun control, and climate change.”

It does seem as if a bipartisan breakthrough of sorts has occurred on immigration – no doubt prompted by the GOP’s miserable standing among Latino voters revealed in last November’s elections.

A path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children could be a first step, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R) of Virginia said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday.

“These are children, who due to no fault of their own, were brought here,” Rep. Cantor said. “We’ve got a place all of us can come together, and that is the kids.”

The imagery of children may play a role in gun control as well.

Recent shootings – especially at the Sandy Hook school in Newtown, Connecticut – may (stress “may”) have cracked the NRA-led pro-gun wall against any new laws regarding the legal control of firearms. There seems the greater possibility these days of wider gun sale registration and limitations on magazine size – both of which are seen as reasonable and desirable by most Americans, according to the polls.

But administration and Democrats could have a harder sell on reducing the deficit and government debt – especially to the extent that Obama continues to emphasize the need for new revenues, including taxes.


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