President Barack Obama is formally launching the era of divided government tonight with his State of the Union speech to Congress.
With Republicans running the House and clamoring for spending
cuts, the president will agree it's time for tough fiscal choices but warn these can't prevent investments in helping companies
He's likely to seek some common ground with the GOP.
The president's poll numbers are up modestly in recent weeks, as
he struck bargains with the GOP in the lame-duck Congress and following his Tucson shooting memorial speech.
As Obama made clear in a message to backers, it's a real balancing act which he hopes will be helped by the post-Tucson-shooting spirit of toned-down rhetoric.
Some Democrats and Republicans in Congress plan to sit together for tonight's address.
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