Obama’s anual speech on Tuesday will become his sixth foray into the House of Representatives chamber to lay out his policy priorities for the year, Reuters writes.
Obama’s State of Union address may appear to be critical to forming a narrative on which Democrats can campaign during 2014. And the U.S. president wants to bolster his standing after a rocky controversy over the botched rollout of his signature healthcare law, and the talks about a government shutdown.
Obama will definitely speak of his income inequality in the country as it will be the main theme of his State of the Union speech, which went through its usual draft process over the weekend.
The U.S. president will promote his demand that Congress should increase the amount of the minimum wage and call for taking measures aimed at increasing jobs at the lower rungs of the economic ladder at a time when the stock market is soaring, but overall job growth is tepid.
The implicit message stating that Democrats stand for the middle class, should help the party as they gird for what could be difficult congressional elections in November.
“I think it will define the battlefield of our debate, by clarifying for the American people about who’s on their side,” Representative Steve Israel, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, told reporters.
“The more the president talks about building the middle class and the more Republicans talk about protecting special interests, the better the battlefield for us,” he added.
The party in control of the White House typically loses seats in midterm elections. Republicans are mounting a spirited attack to take control of the Senate and capture more seats to bolster their majority in the House of Representatives.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said his party has a good chance of winning eight seats that are currently occupied by Democrats and could possibly extend their gains further. The party needs to pick up a total of six seats to win control of the 100-seat chamber.
“The American people will understand by this fall that we are the party of the private sector,” McConnell said on “Fox News Sunday.””We’ve tried big government now for six years in a row, we know that it doesn’t work.”
If Obama’s party loses its seats in the Senate, Obama’s ability to push legislation will be reduced greatly and solidify his status as lame duck.
President Obama’s popularity reflects the mood of the U.S. citisens and can play a lerading role in midterm elections, even though his name is not on the ballot.
“I would expect the Democrats will lose a few seats,” said David Yepsen, director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University. “It’s going to be difficult for them to make gains. I don’t think the bottom is going to fall out from underneath them.”