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Excerpts of Obamas State Of The Union Speech Released

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 11: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at a presentation ceremony for the Medal of Honor for Clinton Romesha (L), a former active duty Army Staff Sergeant, at the White House February 11, 2013 in Washington, DC. Romesha received the Medal of Honor for actions during combat operations against an armed enemy at Combat Outpost Keating, Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on October 3, 2009. Credit: Getty Images

President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. He is expected to argue against spending cuts and call for more stimulus spending.

Obama is also expected to discuss issues like immigration and job creation.

Below, excerpts of Obama’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

“It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.

It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.

It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few; that it encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation of ours.”

“A growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs – that must be the North Star that guides our efforts. Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation: How do we attract more jobs to our shores? How do we equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs? And how do we make sure that hard work leads to a decent living?”

“Tonight, I’ll lay out additional proposals that are fully paid for and fully consistent with the budget framework both parties agreed to just 18 months ago. Let me repeat – nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth.”

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