Reuters - President Barack Obama, previewing a big push on the U.S. economy next week, on Saturday defended policies that he said "have stopped the bleeding" and put the middle class on the road to recovery.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The American public will get a competing mix of rhetoric and imagery in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday, a speech that offers a heavy dose on the economy even as it plays out against a visual backdrop dominated by the current national debate over guns.
President Barack Obama, facing renewed battles with congressional Republicans over fiscal policy and the debt ceiling, accused his political opponents of diverting attention from the task of boosting the U.S. economy.
“With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball,” Obama said Wednesday in an address at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. “I am here to say this needs to stop.”
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who is regarded as one of the top potential Republican presidential candidates in 2016, delivered a major speech Wednesday afternoon outlining his economic policies at Hillsdale College in Washington D.C. He framed his platform as an effort to stop the "erosion of the American Dream" through "modern conservative reforms." Rubio began by discussing how he felt "privileged" despite a rather humble upbringing.