ABC News' Ann Compton Reports:
In an office 20 paces from the Oval Office door, senior advisor David Axelrod describes the State of the Union address theme as “Winning the Future” with the President prepared to offer “aggressive ideas” on where to spend, but also where to cut.
“The President is going to present an address,” Axelrod told ABC News, “with ideas on how we are going to cut spending and deal with those deficits, and he’s going to challenge Republicans and Democrats to join him in that process.”
Details? Not yet. Axelrod suggests most of the numbers will not come out until February in a comprehensive budget.
And the long shadow of the Tucson tragedy will be felt in the chamber, with victims’ families and doctors in the gallery and open political seating on the House floor.
“The fact that members of Congress are sitting together is a reflection of the the kind of impact the tragic events in Tucson have had , and now is the question can we seize on that, can we work together over time and the President will speak to that,” Axelrod promises.