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Obama set to deliver State of the Union Tuesday

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In many ways, Tuesday's State of the Union address will be a bookend to the President's inaugural address last month.

And for critics who say the President spoke little of debts and deficits on that cold January day, he plans to lay out an agenda that includes nods to the deficit, but at the same time, ramps up spending on new domestic programs and seeks to raise taxes.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is already making the argument against big spending cuts.

"So, it is almost a false wrong to say we have a spending problem. We have a deficit problem that we have to address," she said.

And the President is also expected to push hard against the so-called sequester -- the automatic spending cuts that hit next month.

And while he is almost certain to mention immigration and new gun control initiatives -- much of the speech may focus on job creation and new federal outlays for education and infrastructure.

Republicans will be vary.

When asked if he would go along with that on FOX News Sunday, Sen. John McCain replied, "As long as we pay for it.  We've seen this movie before. We saw it with the so-called stimulus package, back in the beginning of the administration.  And, we saw the longest, most stagnant economy in history and now a debt and deficit, that's $51,000 for every man, woman and child in America."

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