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Tonight, President Obama will deliver his fourth annual State of the Union address, during which he will outline his national goals and policy objectives for the coming year.
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Here are some excerpts from his prepared remarks:
"It is our generation's task, then, to reignite the true engine of America's economic growth - a rising, thriving middle class.
It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country - the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.
It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few; that it encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation of ours."
"A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs - that must be the North Star that guides our efforts. Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation: How do we attract more jobs to our shores? How do we equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs? And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?"
"Tonight, I'll lay out additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework both parties agreed to just 18 months ago. Let me repeat - nothing I'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It's not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth."
Associated Press Release
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Tonight's State of the Union address will reflect President Barack Obama's focus on nation-building at home.
He will use the speech to call for more spending on infrastructure and manufacturing. And he will also announce the withdrawal of 34,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan within a year.
That will cut the size of the U.S. troop presence there in half by next February -- putting the U.S. on pace to formally end the war there by the end of next year.
That won't be the only foreign policy issue Obama will mention tonight. In the aftermath of the latest North Korean nuclear test today, an aide says Obama will make the case that the North's nuclear program has only served to further isolate that country.
Obama is expected to spend the bulk of his time tonight on the economy and job creation. The economic blueprint he will discuss will have many of the elements Americans have heard before -- embracing manufacturing, energy development and education.
And as he speaks, many of the faces looking down from the House galleries will be those of Americans who've been thrust into the politics of gun violence.
First lady Michelle Obama will sit with the parents of a Chicago teen who was shot and killed just days after she performed at the president's inauguration. And Republican congressman Steve Stockman says he's invited rocker ted Nugent, a long-time gun control opponent.