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Tonight, President Obama will give the State of the Union Address. Or you may prefer to call it a message on the state of the economy.
After all, Pres. Obama is expected to devote much of his speech to America's financial recovery. Aides say he will focus his address on job creation, battling the deficit, helping the middle class and health care reform.
But he won't be able to accomplish those goals without some help from Republicans. That's why you'll likely hear another message tonight.
"The president will challenge each party to work together, because we can't afford not to. Every day is not election day in America even if it is in Washington, DC. We have to stop deciding that our politics is about one person wins and one person loses, it's the American people whose problems we have to address," Robert Gibbs, White House Press Secretary, told CNN's Suzanne Malveaux today.
Is the White House taking that route itself?
The House Minority Leader, John Boehner, R-Ohio, says he has had "zero" private discussions with the president or his top aides.
"I have not talked to Rahm Emanuel in a year," Boehner said of the president's chief of staff, a former House member. "It's really shocking... There's just no interaction."
Do you think the Democrats and GOP can work together? Sound off below.
Our special coverage of the State of the Union Address begins at 8 p.m. ET.
We'll also bring you the Republican response, which will be delivered by the new Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell
See you then!
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