Nation Focuses On President's Address

January 23, 2007

Tonight President Bush will deliver his State of the Union address. The address comes amid some of the President's worst approval ratings.

When President Bush delivers his 7th State of the Union address tonight, he'll be facing a Democratic controlled Congress for the first time and addressing an American public who doesn't believe he's doing a good job.

Despite those challenges White House spokesman Tony Snow says the President isn't out to win a popularity contest. "When George W. Bush attacks something like the State of the Union address, it's with and eye toward action" said Snow.

On the domestic front the President will propose a tax deduction for people who buy health insurance. The deduction would also apply to those who get insurance from their employers but it would be considered taxable income.

Mr. Bush will also focus on energy calling for new alternative fuels and a rise on new fuel economy standards. Democrats say the President's proposals likely will not be bold enough but that they welcome the tone.

"The fact that the President is going to stand up and put forth a plan to try and help get everybody insured is a big step forward" said Hilary Clinton, D-New York.

The President will also continue his push for social security and immigration reform but perhaps his most important pitch, selling his new plan for Iraq.

The surge of more than 20,000 troops is facing stiff opposition in Congress and the latest CBS news poll shows that two thirds of Americans oppose it too. 75% also say the war is going badly and fixing that is perhaps the President's biggest challenge in the remaining years of his Presidency.

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