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Obama's Addresses Split Congress Tonight

By Chuck Sudo in News on Jan 25, 2011 3:00PM

President Obama addresses a divided Congress for the first time in tonight's State of the Union address and he's expected to focus the speech on job creation, reducing the federal deficit and trying to get Democrats and Republicans to work together to achieve that. It's also expected by many that the address will serve as sort of a preview for Obama's 2012 re-election bid. The President's post-midterm approval ratings have increased, currently standing at 53 percent in an AP-GfK poll released last week.

For us, the interesting part of this evening's address will be the responses. Both the GOP and the Tea Party have responses scheduled. Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan is on deck for the Republicans, while the Tea Party will bring Minnesota Congresswoman — and Tea Party darling — Michele Bachmann to handle their response. Should be fun.

We'll be hosting a live chat of the State of the Union address this evening. We welcome you to join us for this.