It's being touted as one of the most critical speeches in Barack Obama's presidency as he delivers the State of the Union tonight. The speech comes at a time when the President's approval numbers are well below 50 percent.
All of the political talk over the past three months has been about the Republicans and who was going to win the party nomination. There has been little talk about the President and his reelection campaign. Tonight is a perfect opportunity for the White House to make an impact and get that conversation started.
President Barack Obama will take to the airwaves tonight and deliver the State of the Union address. The message will focus on the economy while giving the President a chance to get in the race, the race for reelection.
"He knows what he's about and he knows how he wants to present in this picture of the state of our Union and his vision going forward," said White House Spokesperson Jay Carney.
Mr. Obama's address is expected to ask congress to implement tax breaks for companies to help bring manufacturing jobs back to the country. He will also announce measures to help the troubled home mortgage industry and ways to boost the development of alternative energy. All the while, the President plans to continue to push for higher taxes on the wealthy.
"We can go in two directions. One is toward less opportunity and less fairness. Or we can fight for where I think we need to go, building an economy that works for everyone. Not just a wealthy few," said President Obama in a video on YouTube posted on Saturday.
"It sounds to me like the same policies will be seen: more spending, higher taxes, more regulations. The same policies that haven't helped our economy," said Speaker of the House John Boehner.
The Republican primaries have been in the spotlight for the past month. But the State of the Union is a free and easy way to kick off the President's campaign. Over 43 million eyeballs watched the address last year.
Tomorrow morning, the President will then take his message on the road with stops in Iowa, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Michigan, all of which are battleground states.
This speech holds high implications for the President's future. Approval ratings for President Obama are well below 50 percent. The only positive for the President, approval ratings for the Republican run congress are even lower.
The speech is set for 9 pm on FOX43.