"It's hard not to feel a sense of disappointment even before tonight's speech is delivered," said McConnell from the Senate floor Tuesday morning. 

"While we do not yet know all the specifics [of the speech] we do know the goal," he continued. "Based on what the president's aides have been telling reporters, the goal is not to conquer the nation's problems, it’s to conquer Republicans. The goal isn't to prevent gridlock, but to guarantee it." 

Obama is set to deliver his third speech on his sense of the State of the Union on Tuesday evening before embarking on campaign tour in battleground states across the nation. 

Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidTop Lobbyists 2017: Grass roots Boehner confronted Reid after criticism from Senate floor GOP in uncharted territory rolling back rules through resolutions MORE (D-Nev.) also took to the floor briefly on Tuesday morning and said he hoped his Republican colleagues would listen to the president's words and take them to heart.