Report: White House to rally support for State of the Union agenda

The White House and outside groups are initiating a media blitz to rally supporters of the president to help push the policy proposals he will outline in his State of the Union address on Tuesday.

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According to The Associated Press, both the White House and its allies outside of the administration are launching a fundraising campaign, social media effort and public outreach focused on the economy as well as climate change, gun control, immigration reform and the budget deficit. Obama plans to focus on those topics in his State of the Union address on Tuesday. 

During the State of the Union, the White House plans to include graphics and data in its live stream of Obama's speech. Administration officials also plan to host question-and-answer sessions after Obama's speech on climate change and the economy, according to the report.

Organizing for America, the Democratic grassroots organization, will also organize two days of national service spotlighting the budget and gun control. The first of the "national days of action" will be on Feb. 22 and the second will be in March. 

Obama himself will also tour three cities around the country to emphasize the topics in his State of the Union address. He will travel to Asheville, N.C., Atlanta and Chicago in the days after his speech.

Last year, Obama traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Phoenix, Ariz., for events the day after his speech.

In his adopted hometown Chicago, Obama will discuss gun violence. The president's home city has recently struggled to stem the rising tide of gun violence. On Saturday first lady Michelle Obama attended the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, a Chicago teenager who died in a shooting a week after she returned from performing with her school band in the 2013 presidential inauguration.