State Of The Union to Emphasize Bipartisanship

President Barack Obama and his aides are still working on his State of the Union address that he'll deliever to the nation Tuesday night.

CBS News correspondent Chip Reid reports that Mr. Obama will emphasize the need for bipartisanship in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night. Rven so, some Republicans are already crying foul.

"My number one focus is going to be making sure that we are competitive, that we are growing and we are creating jobs, not just now, but well into the future," Mr. Obama said. Special Coverage: State of the Union 2011

The content of his speech should signal that the President will continue his move toward the political middle, focusing on a bipartisan effort to create jobs.

"We are up to it as long as we come together as a people; Republicans, Democrats (and) Independents," Obama said.

Mr. Obama will also highlight the need to reduce the deficit, something sure to please Republicans.

However, the President will anger Republicans with a call for new spending - he'll call it investments - on everything from education, to green energy, to roads and bridges.

"The President's looked for every opportunity to spend more money," Rep. Steve King (R-IA) said.

Political analysts says it's the first volley in a long battle between the president and newly empowered republicans over spending.

"What the president is doing is laying down a marker, and saying these investments are important and, if Republicans mess with them, they'll be messing with the future of jobs in America," said CBS News political analyst John Dickerson.

The president will also speak again about the tragedy in Tucson. Sitting with First Lady Michelle Obama will be intern Daniel Hernandez, who helped save Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' life.

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Also in the First Lady's box will be the family of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green, who was killed in the shooting.

Whatever the political differences, the mood in the House chamber is expected to be respectful, even somber.

A unique aspect to tomorrow's State of the Union will be a new seating arrangement.

Ususally it's Democarts on one side and Republicans on the other in the House chambers during these speeches, and never the twain shall meet. This time about 40 or 50 politicians are going to cross sides and sit with their ideological opponents.

For example, liberal Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is expected to sit with conservative Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK.) Obama critic Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is expected to sit with Obama defender Rep. Edolphus Towns (D-NY.)

The new seating arrangement is intended to bring down the political temperature in Washington.

CBS News kicks of full coverage of the State of the Union address Tuesday night at 9 p.m. EST.

  • Chip Reid

    Chip Reid is CBS News' national correspondent.