DAY AHEAD: President to deliver final State of the Union address

DAY AHEAD: President to deliver final State of the Union address

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WWBT) - President Obama will give his final State of the Union address Tuesday night. The White House promises it will be different than the list of priorities he usually lays out for Congress.

President Obama will reflect on his achievements and look ahead.

"He's got an opportunity to lay out for the American people the longer-term challenges that we face, but also the longer-term opportunities that exist," said Josh Earnest, White House Press Secretary.

For the first time, representative Paul Ryan will be seated directly behind the president, and after the speech, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will deliver what Republicans are calling an address - not a response.

"I didn't want it to be a response to the President, as I certainly am not one to compete against the President or imply that I could," said Governor Haley.

Presidential candidates Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Bernie Sanders are expected at tonight's State of the Union. The First Lady's guests will include students, business owners, veterans and an empty chair - representing victims of gun violence.

The Today Show is live from the White House this morning. Then, we're on your side with complete coverage of the president's speech.

NBC12's political reporter Mike Valerio will be in D.C. this afternoon. Look for live reports beginning on the News at 5.

Then at 9, you can see the president's address to congress on NBC12 and streaming on We'll also have a full recap on the News at 11.

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