Obama to take on economy in State of the Union

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is ready to reclaim the spotlight with a plea for economic fairness in a State of Union address that opposition Republicans panned in advance as a rehash of old ideas.Obama delivers his third State of the Union address Tuesday in a capital and country shot through with politics, with his re-election campaign well under way and his potential GOP opponents lobbing attacks against him daily as they scrap for the right to take him on.Obama's 9 p.m. EST address to a joint session of Congress and millions of television viewers will be as much as anything an argument for his re-election, the president's biggest, best chance so far to offer a vision for a second term.Senior political adviser David Plouffe said Tuesday morning the president is \happy to have a debate\ about his performance.Bill Galston, a former Clinton administration domestic policy adviser now at the Brookings Institution, said, \Almost by definition it's going to be at least as much a political speech as a governing speech.\\The president must run on his record

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