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Obama: State of the Union an Economic Blueprint

By: AP
By: AP
...a blueprint for an economy that

President Barack Obama exchanges a high five with three-year-old Sam Kruger of Orlando upon his arrival at the Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says his State of the
Union address will be a blueprint for an economy that's "built to
last" for the middle class.

He says he'll frame Tuesday's night national address to Congress
around at least four themes.

They are manufacturing, energy, education and what he calls "a return to American values."

The president briefly previewed elements of the speech in a video released by his re-election campaign Saturday to millions of Obama supporters.

Obama is seeking re-election in an atmosphere dominated by
economic concerns, and his speech will amount to his vision for a
second presidential term.

He says in the video that the nation must build an economy
"that works for everyone, not just a wealthy few."

Central themes of the speech will be fairness, opportunity and
rewards for hard work.


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