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President Obama to stress jobs in State of the Union Tuesday at 6 p.m.

President Obama to stress jobs in State of the Union Tuesday at 6 p.m.

By Krista Hostetler. CREATED Feb 12, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will be using Tuesdayt's State of the Union address to call for more spending on infrastructure and manufacturing.

And, he'll be announcing the withdrawal of 34,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan within a year. That's about half the U.S. troops currently in Afghanistan. The decision marks the next phase in Obama's plans to end the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan by the end of 2014.

The White House says Obama will also make the case that North Korea's nuclear program has served only to further isolate that country.

Obama will make a case for measures and proposals that he says will boost job creation and put the economy on a more upward trajectory. But in the audience will be many Americans invited to the witness the speech because of their experience with gun violence.

Republicans intend to cast Obama's second-term agenda as more "big government" and offer a series of steps to boost economic growth and reduce the federal debt when Florida Sen. Marco Rubio gives the GOP response.

You can watch the State of the Union on ABC starting at 6 p.m.

Krista Hostetler

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Krista Hostetler is currently the Senior Web Editor for ktnv.com and KTNV Mobile.