Photos: State of the Union address

Photos: State of the Union address

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 12: Musician and gun rights advocate Ted Nugent listens as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress February 12, 2013 in Washington, DC. Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX) invited Nugent as his guest for the President’s speech. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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by Belo/KGW

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Posted on February 13, 2013 at 10:47 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 13 at 1:58 PM

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama urged a divided Congress to boost job creation and strengthen the middle class through a package of government-backed proposals during Tuesday night's State of the Union address.

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Obama called for increasing the federal minimum wage, spending more to fix the nation's roads and bridges, and expanding early childhood education.

The president also pledged to cut the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan in half within a year.

 

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