Previewing the State of the Union address

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Lawmakers are returning to the nation’s capital ahead of President Trump’s second State of the Union address.

The White House says the speech will highlight several key issues facing the country.

On Twitter and in a fundraising email on Monday, the president seems to be digging in, not reaching out.

He writes Tuesday’s address will, “go down in history as the speech that saved American from a great humanitarian crisis at our southern border.”

The President himself has hinted he may declare a federal emergency during the speech, ordering the military to build the border wall, even if Congress refuses to fund the project.

Meanwhile, House Democrats will try to grab some of the spotlight Tuesday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be seated directly behind the president. 

It’s the first time a Democrat has sat in the speaker’s chair since 2010.

Democrats have chosen former Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate, Stacey Abrams to deliver a rebuttal to the President’s remarks.

Experts say the speech is likely to provide both parties a large platform to reach voters.

An estimated 45 million people tuned into last year’s address.

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