Obama to visit Republican-leaning states on first trip of last year in office

Obama takes part in a live town hall on reducing gun violence on CNN in VirginiaBy Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama plans to travel next week to two Republican-leaning states – Nebraska and Louisiana – to promote the themes of his final State of the Union address, the White House said on Friday. Obama, who has begun his last year in the Oval Office, will give the annual televised address to Congress on Tuesday at 9 p.m. (0900 ET on Wednesday). Obama said the speech would focus on “not just the remarkable progress we’ve made, not just what I want to get done in the year ahead, but what we all need to do together in the years to come.” White House officials have said the speech will be less of a list of legislative goals, focusing instead on what Obama can do on his own to cement his legacy on the economy, healthcare, climate and foreign policy.

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