Obama previews State of the Union address

Barack Obama, Disney World
In his upcoming State of the Union address on Tuesday, the president will likely call for economic fair play.
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President Obama will deliver his third State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday and then hits the road. CBS News correspondent Bill Plante is at the White House offers a preview of what the president's plans are in the speech.

President Obama is still working on Tuesday's State of the Union address, but it will sound a lot like speeches he been making, particularly one he made last month in Kansas: a call for economic fair play, which his opponents saw as a call to class warfare.

This is how Mr. Obama previewed the speech in a webcast: "And that's rebuilding an economy where hard work pays off and responsibility is rewarded -- and an America where everybody gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everybody plays by the same set of rules."

There are likely to be some new proposals in the speech to aid the housing crisis, spur made-in-the-U.S.A. manufacturing, and help more people go to college. The president will continue to insist that wealthier Americans pay a larger share of taxes.

This year, the annual speech to Congress is likely to be seen as the keynote of President Obama's campaign, though the White House continues to insist that focused on his job, not on the campaign.

But the president's campaign organization is hard at work. They've raised $157 million and he is taking his non-campaign on the road for two days following the speech, hitting five of the key states he needs to win in November.

  • Bill Plante

    Bill Plante is a CBS News Senior White House Correspondent