President Barack Obama will broadly discuss issues related the accounting debate about tax cuts and spending at his State of the Union address on Monday, a White House spokesman said Monday.
In a speech mostly focused on the U.S. economy, Obama will talk about what unites us rather than divides us, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters.
Getting the nation's fiscal house in order will be something to be debated over the next two years, Gibbs said, mostly declining to give specifics about what the President would mention in the speech.
Spending on education, infrastructure and innovation are keys to help the economy grow, Obama has said in recent months. He has also spoken about the need to rein in the federal government's budget deficit.
Gibbs was asked would it not be responsible to offset that spending with cuts elsewhere - if the President is concerned about the deficit.
That won't be contradicted in the speech, Gibbs said.
Decisions won't be reached unilaterally over the next two years, he said.
One group in a party or one party alone is not going to come to a series of decisions that allow us to solve this problem, Gibbs said the President would likely say. And it's going to take working together to get out of it.
A very detailed view of Obama's fiscal policies will appear in the President's budget to be released on the week of the 14th of February, Gibbs said.
Meanwhile, some aspects of our foreign policy ... and what progress has been made in our war in Afghanistan, will also be included in the speech, Gibbs said.
Don't expect Tuesday night's speech to be a laundry list of issues, he added.
I don't think this is intended to be a speech that is one where you spend big chunks of time walking through the specific machinations of policy.