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January 24, 2012

Previewing the State of the Union Address

President Obama will warn the nation tonight that "the decades-old promise of a secure and rising middle class is threatened by economic unfairness as he delivers an election-year State of the Union message that is likely to resonate in the months ahead on the campaign trail," the Washington Post reports.

"Obama will outline the steps he believes are necessary to reform a fragile American economy now showing signs of slow recovery after the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression."

According to excerpts, he will say: "The defining issue of our time is how to keep that promise alive. No challenge is more urgent. No debate is more important... We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. What's at stake are not Democratic values or Republican values, but American values. We have to reclaim them."


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