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Published February 13, 2013, 09:32 AM

President Obama highlights job creation in State of the Union

Washington, DC (WDAY TV) - President Obama renews a push for job creation in his latest State of the Union address. The President pledged to create good, middle-class jobs without adding to the nation's deficit.

Washington, DC (WDAY TV) - President Obama renews a push for job creation in his latest State of the Union address. The President pledged to create good, middle-class jobs without adding to the nation's deficit.

The President started out by saying the state of the union is good, before laying out a series of proposals on a number of issues - number one being jobs.

Mr. Obama is calling for increasing the federal minimum wage, spending more to fix the nation's roads and bridges, and expanding early childhood education. He wants new gun laws and legislation on global warming, but he calls his job creation his North Star.

President Obama wants measures for new jobs and to equip Americans to compete for those jobs. He believes changing the tax code will promote job growth.

President Barack Obama: “A tax code that lowers incentives to move jobs overseas and lowers tax rates for businesses and manufacturers that are creating jobs right here in the United States of America, that is what tax reform can deliver. The greatest nation on earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next, we can't do it.”

In a lighthearted moment before his speech, a congressional member left a little bit of lipstick on the presidents cheek, which was kindly rubbed off by a couple of other female members in the house chamber.

The Republican response to his speech was not so lighthearted. Florida Senator Marco Rubio said that he hopes the president will abandon his obsession with raising taxes and try to grow the economy.

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