Obama to use speech to offer election-year agenda for Democrats

U.S. President Obama delivers remarks at a reception with U.S. mayors at the White HouseBy Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama may not say it in his State of the Union speech this week, but part of his underlying message will be: Please vote for Democrats in the November elections. Obama’s big speech on Tuesday will be his sixth foray into the House of Representatives chamber to lay out his policy priorities for the year. This year’s address is critical to forming a narrative on which Democrats can campaign this year. And Obama wants to bolster his standing after a rocky end-of-the-year controversy over the botched rollout of his signature healthcare law, and the tumult surrounding a government shutdown.

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