By Justin Sink
Obama will stop in North Carolina on Wednesday, Georgia on Thursday, and Illinois on Friday, the White House announced on Sunday. Administration officials did not provide details about the time and location of the public events, but the president will likely make only day trips to each of the stops.
The president is expected to focus his State of the Union address primarily on economic themes, arguing for investments in infrastructure while pushing Congress to compromise on the looming sequester. The president is also likely to push the immigration and gun-control proposals he has advocated in recent weeks.
"The economy will be central to this speech and how we grow the economy so that everybody can participate, a fair shot, pay your fair share," Stephanie Cutter, the deputy campaign manager on Obama's re-election campaign, told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday. "But the other things that he does lay out, he'll lay out the looming deadline on the sequester, the tough choices that we have to make around it, and the consequences if we let the sequester go into effect, and, you know, cuts to some pretty critical programs."