State of the Union Speech Focuses on Middle Class Success

In election year speech, president outlines White House vision for job creation.

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—Directing his administration, unilaterally, "to allow the development of clean energy on enough public land to power three million homes."

—Giving "every responsible homeowner the chance to save about $3,000 a year on their mortgages, by refinancing at historically low interest rates. No more red tape. No more runaround from the banks."

—Continuing to fight terrorism around the world.

—Moving aggressively to isolate the regime in Tehran and to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

—Saving nearly $500 billion from the military budget with a new, leaner defense strategy.

Overall, it's clear that Obama's re-election campaign has started in earnest, and he used his State of the Union address to best position himself against the Republicans.

Obama is scheduled to carry his themes on a five-state, three-day swing to battleground states starting Wednesday. The trip is expected to resemble a full-fledged campaign tour, with plenty of tough rhetoric against his adversaries and a message crafted to appeal particularly to core Democrats and independents.

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