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Obama to focus on actions he can take on his own

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WASHINGTON, DC -

President Obama faces a divided Congress tonight when he delivers the State of the Union address. New poll numbers show the challenges the president is facing as he lays out his agenda for the next year.

The White House is reaching out online, encouraging people to interact during the State of the Union and promoting an all-day question-and-answer session Wednesday.

In a video posted to Vine, the president talked about his theme: "It's time to restore opportunity for all."

Officials say tonight, President Obama will announce he's raising the minimum wage to $10.10 for new federal contracts, but he'll focus on what he can do without Congress:

"Success in Washington of a President of any party should not be measured alone by how many bills Congress passes," said Jay Carney, White House press secretary.

Also on the agenda: Job training, retirement accounts for workers who don't have 401(k) plans and promises from businesses to hire the long-term unemployed:

"That's precisely what is needed in my state, where the middle class is really shrinking," said Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI).

"Let's be careful here that we don't - create a situation and a momentum where - you know - Congress is sort of an afterthought," said Sen. Angus King (I-ME).

Republicans have three responses ready. They're already calling tonight's speech just more talk.

"It would be nice to hear how he is going to put all of these speeches in to action," said Reince Priebus, Republican National Congress chairman.

President Obama heads into this speech with a 43 percent approval rating.

You can watch the State of the Union address on WTHR, WTHR.com or the WTHR news app at 9:00 pm.

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