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Obama to Deliver State of the Union Address Feb. 12

Jan 11, 2013

President Barack Obama will deliver the first State of the Union address of his second term on Feb. 12, it was revealed Friday.

Speaker of the House John Boehner formally invited the president in a letter Friday to hold the yearly major address before both chambers of Congress.

"Our nation continues to face immense challenges, and the American people expect us to work together in the new year to find meaningful solutions. This will require a willingness to seek common ground as well as presidential leadership," Boehner wrote.

"For that reason, the Congress and the nation would welcome an opportunity to hear your plan and specific solutions for addressing America's great challenges."

The address, required of the president each year, is usually held in January, but will be delayed as Obama's second term does not begin until Jan. 20.

The remarks will come at a time of tension with Congress, as contentious negotiations about raising the nation's debt ceiling and avoiding difficult spending cuts will be in full swing in mid-February.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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