Obama's State of the Union: What to Expect

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President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night could be the beginning of a showdown with congressional Republicans. The president will talk about some new spending plans in his speech.

However, he faces a new Congress full of Republicans determined to cut federal spending.

The president's address could just as easily be called the "state of the economy." For the first time in his presidency, Obama faces a Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

"My principal focus, my number one focus, is going to be making sure that we are competitive. That we are growing, and we are creating jobs, not just now, but well into the future," Obama said.

Click play to watch Jennifer Wishon's updated report, followed by comments from Quin Hillyer of the Washington Times on what to expect in the president' speech.

CBN News also spoke with Regent University distinguished professor Charles Dunn about President Obama's talking points, and the show of bipartisanship during Tuesday night's speech.  Click here to watch.

The president will also map out plans to invest in education and infrastructure. Republicans believe that means more spending, which is unacceptable.

"We really have to have at least this year, a 10 percent reduction in spending," said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.

Obama's poll numbers are up and recent business friendly appointments have impressed some of the nation's business leaders.

"Now it's on the president to see what he proposes for very specific cuts in the budget to get us closer to balance," said Brian Darling, director of government relations at the Heritage Foundation.

Yet, this year Obama must work with the Republicans.

Just hours before he speaks, Republicans are expected to approve a resolution that returns spending levels to those of 2008. The gesture is largely symbolic, but sends a message they are serious about cutting $100 billion out of the president's budget.

Inspired by the tragic shootings in Tucson, Ariz., some senators and even House members will cross the aisle to sit with members of the opposite party during the president's address.

"I'm bringing the popcorn. He's bringing a coke with two straws," said Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill.

"I think you'll see Republicans and Democrats get back to the fiery language of the past, but at least for one day they will sit next to each other and all cheer for the president when he gives his speech," Darling said.

After the president leaves the House chamber, House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan will deliver the Republican response to the president's address before a national television audience.

Once he's finished, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., is also scheduled to give the Tea Party response to the president's speech.

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Jennifer Wishon

Jennifer Wishon

CBN News White House Correspondent

Jennifer Wishon is the White House correspondent for CBN News based in the network’s Washington, D.C. Bureau.  Before taking over the White House beat, Jennifer covered Capitol Hill and other national news, from the economy to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Follow Jennifer on Twitter @JenniferWishon and "like" her at Facebook.com/JennWishon.