State of the Union Topics: Rallying Economy, More Help for Middle Class and Taxing the Rich

President Obama's job approval rating now at 50 percent, up at least 10 points since the mid-term elections.
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mention there, president Obama expected to talk about the glow gal terror threat what we saw in Paris, tonight in his state of the union. Also front and center, the American economy. A new ABC news poll showing the president's job approval rating now at 50%. It was just last October, just 40%, up ten points. So, let's get right to ABC's Jonathan Karl across town at the white house. Jon, the economy, gas prices driving this job approval. And you've learned what Americans will hear tonight. Reporter: That's right. And David, the president's top advisers tell me that he is going into this speech with a bounce in his step, because we are seeing the strongest economy of his presidency. So, the three big economic themes that he will hit tonight is first, vindication. He will take credit for that recovering economy, in excepts just released, he says, quote, the verdict is in, his policies worked. Second, help for the middle class. He's proposing new spending on things like free community college, even cheaper, faster internet access. And then three, tax the rich. That's how he is proposing paying for all of this. But David, as you can imagine, that call for more spending, higher taxes, puts him on a collision course with the republicans in that chamber tonight. A tough sell for them, indeed. Jon, thank you.

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