From Tahman Bradley:
President Obama used a Democratic National Committee video sent to supporters to preview his State of the Union address. He talks about making sure the U.S. economy remains competitive now and well into the future, as well as the need to do something about the debt and the size of government. Watch it here. The president tells supporters that much of his speech Tuesday will focus on the economy. "The economy, when I first was coming in was contracting rapidly, we lost millions of jobs, businesses were shuttered, and I think a lot of people were worried about the future," he says. "Two years later, we're in a different place. An economy that was shrinking is now growing again. We've created more than a million jobs over the last year." But, the president says, there is still a lot more work to do. "The fact of the matter is, we¹ve got millions of our fellow Americans who are out there struggling every day, don't have a job or haven't seen a raise in a long time, paycheck is shrinking at a time when costs are going up," he says. Obama also tells supporters he will pledge Tuesday night that his No. 1 focus is making sure that the economy grows, creates jobs and remains competitive now and well into the future. "I'm focused on making sure the economy is working for everybody, for the entire American family," Obama says. In order to do this, the president says the United States must "out-innovate," "out-build," "out-compete" and "out-educate" other countries. Obama also indicates he will pitch deficit reduction and shrinking the size of government. "We're also going to have to deal with our deficits and our debt in a responsible way," he says. "And we've got to reform government so that it's leaner and smarter for the 21st century." The president says the country faces enormous challenges, but if the nation can overcome partisan division, then it can win the future. "If we're willing to work hard over the next several years, I'm absolutely confident that we can bequeath to the next generation, our children and our grandchildren, the incredible gift we received from our parents and from our grandparents, and all those who came before us," he says.
-- Tahman Bradley