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State of the Union Address Tuesday

Washington - The president is expected to place strong emphasis on economic inequality and include a call to raise the federal minimum wage in his State of the Union Address Tuesday night.

The White House says the president will also announce an executive action to help Americans-- whose workplaces do not offer retirement plans-- to start saving.

New NBC/Wall Street Journal poll numbers suggest the president is facing an uphill battle; 68 percent of Americans said the country is either stagnant or worse off than when he took office; 31 percent said the country is better off.

Most respondents used words like "divided," "troubled" and "deteriorating" to describe the current state of the nation.

The speech will air the State of the Union on Fox Rochester and 13WHAM TV. It will also be streamed live on 13WHAM.com

For the first time, the GOP response to the State of the Union will be given by women.

Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers will give the official rebuttal to President Obama's speech. Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen will give the response in Spanish.

 
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