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Obama polishes annual message to the nation


WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is putting the finishing touches on a State of the Union speech tomorrow that'll mostly be about one thing -- jobs.

The president telegraphed the theme on Friday in an appearance at a GE plant in upstate New York -- saying it's time to put the U.S. economy into "overdrive."

Look for a focus tomorrow on key investments and incentives to make U.S. companies more competitive and ready to hire.

But aides say the speech will also be tempered by the need to start bringing down America's mountain of debt.

Aides are pointing to a speech the president gave last month in North Carolina as a blueprint. He said then the keys to boosting America's global reach are investments in education and training, a greater commitment to research and innovation and improvements in infrastructure, including the Internet.

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