State of the Union

Speaking on the Senate floor hours before the State of the Union, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., preemptively slammed President Obama’s annual address, saying he is already disappointed in the speech.

The president is scheduled to deliver the nationally televised speech in the House chamber Tuesday, and several reports have signaled it will focus on the economy. According to White House aides, Mr. Obama is expected to frame the address as a “make or break” moment for the middle-class while covering accomplishments and proposing a number of ambitious proposals for the future.

McConnell says lawmakers welcome the president to the Capitol, but that Mr. Obama is more interested in winning re-election than working with Congress and fixing the economy.

“Based on what the president’s aides have been telling reporters, the goal isn’t to conquer the nation’s problems. It’s to conquer Republicans. The goal isn’t to prevent gridlock, but to guarantee it,” he says.

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