President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union tonight. Our Washington bureau reporter Michael Scotto has more on what to expect from the President's speech.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Barack Obama will outline his second term agenda during Tuesday's State of the Union address.
According to White House officials, Obama will be unapologetically progressive. His speech is expected to be a rallying cry for economic fairness. Raising the federal minimum wage and extending the stalled jobless benefits for the long term unemployed are expected to be included.
Obama is also expected to defend the Affordable Care Act.
"I think it's something the President has to do. It's his key legislative accomplishment, and he needs to own it now," said John Judak, a Fello at the Brookings Institution.
"So much of what has animated his presidency so far is making sure that we grow this economy from the middle out. That middle class families feel like they have an opportunity," added Josh Earnest, the Deputy White House Press Secretary.
Obama is also expected to renew the call for comprehensive immigration reform.