Republicans Look for Signs of New Obama Approach

Republicans say they want to hear less about everything they’ve been hearing for the past two years when President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address.

Less spending and less of a government hand in trying to solve America’s problems, Republican lawmakers said on the talks shows Sunday, two days ahead of Obama’s speech.

More about anything? Yes, reducing the federal debt.

“The president needs to pivot,” said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell. “He obviously saw what happened in the November election and is trying to go on a different direction.”

In his own preview, Obama told supporters in a video released Saturday that he will focus on economic issues, particularly jobs, as the economic recovery creeps along and unemployment hovers above 9 percent. His references to investing in educating workers and in research and technology set off alarms for Republicans.

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