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Obama to focus on economic fairness in State of the Union


President Obama
who has been bashed for weeks by Republicans on the Campaign trail, will attempt to reshape the election-year debate on Tuesday. Obama released a preview of his State of the Union Address in a video to his supporters Saturday morning. 

“I'm going to lay out a blueprint for an American economy that's built to last,” Obama said.

The president said the address will bookend the speech he gave in Osawatomie, Kan.

“I talked in Osawatomie about - this is a make-or-break moment for the middle class and folks trying to work their way into the middle class," he said. "Because we can go in two directions -- one is towards less opportunity and less fairness. Or we can fight for where I think we need to go: building an economy that works for everyone, not just a wealthy few.”

Obama said he will address four topics: boosting American manufacturing, expanding skills for the American worker through education and training and a return to “American Values – of fairness for all, and responsibility from all.”

Some of his proposals may include making college more affordable and providing help to homeowners, according to one official.

On Wednesday, the president will hit the road for a five state, three-day trip to key battleground States including Iowa, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and Michigan. It is customary for president’s to sell their State of the Union message in the days after the address. This trip and the address will undoubtedly be scrutinized against the backdrop of the 2012 election which is now less than 10 months away.