Nightly News   |  January 28, 2014

In SOTU, Obama to Focus on Economy

NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell and “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory examine the President’s upcoming State of the Union speech and the Republican response.

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>> members of our on air team are already assembled for tonight. that would include andrea mitchell and david gregory , given that grim backdrop, what's the republicans advanced response to what they're going to hear tonight?

>> they fired shots across the bough. if the president wants to go around the law and try to trample us, he's going to run into a brick wall . at the same time, the speaker says republicans have got to become more of a party of better ideas, better solutions. they're thinking a lot about their game plan, still going to be a lot of health care , they still want to make a big push on health care . this is an election year after all.

>> if you assume a state of the union is a wish list, let's talk about the disconnect given what politics are like between the president's wish list and what he will get.

>> look at what happened last year? by some counts, he had 41 acts of congress and only got two. one was the debt ceiling, after that kdevastating government shutdown -- he's going to ask for an expansion of the unearned income tax credit , that would help the poor and unemployed, he's going to say -- he's not going to be confrontation, he will say -- this is a quotation we've just been given, america does not standstill and neither will i. wherever i can take steps to expand legislation for opportunity for more americans, that's what i'm going to do. that is the executive order on the minimum wage, but he's not going to go in there fighting. he will talk about the veto on iran sanctions , but it's all going to be focused on the economy, and i'm trying to work together on immigration particularly.

>> thanks. with that preview, this is where we'll be watching