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February 12, 2013

Excerpts from President Obama's State of the Union

President Obama in his State of the Union speech tonight will call for boosting the economic fortunes of the middle class, calling it "our generation's task...to reignite the true engine of America's economic growth – a rising,thriving middle class."

Obama, who aides say will concentrate his remarks on a still-shaky recovery, will say it is an "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."

He will call a growing economy that creates middle-class jobs, the "North Star" that guides efforts.

"Every day, we should ask ourselves three questions as a nation:  How do we attract more jobs to our shores?" he will say, according to remarks released by the White House. "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?"

Obama will say that his additional proposals 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," he'll say. "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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