In State of the Union, Obama aims to influence 2016 debate

Global News

WASHINGTON – U.S. President Barack Obama planned to use his second-to-last State of the Union address to Congress to maintain his influence in American politics as the unofficial campaign to choose his successor has already begun.

Obama will be utilizing one of his biggest platforms, a speech that will be nationally televised to tens of millions of Americans on Tuesday evening. He will outline a plan to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans while offering broad economic benefits to the middle class. By highlighting the issue of economic inequality, Obama aims to drive a debate over middle-class economics that could be critical for the 2016 presidential campaign.

With Republicans in control of both houses of Congress for the first time in eight years, the White House has no hope of the tax proposal becoming law. But Obama’s proposal could put tax-averse congressional Republicans in the unappealing spot of blocking measures…

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