President Obama said Thursday he would focus on job creation in his upcoming State of the Union address next week, during a speech to the House Democratic Conference at a retreat in Leesburg, Va.
"That means that what you'll hear from me next week, I'm going to be talking about making sure that we're focused on job creation here in the United States of America," Obama said.
He continued: "It means that we're focused on education and that every young person is equipped with the skills they need to compete in the 21st century. It means that we got an energy agenda that can make us less dependent on foreign oil, but also that we're cultivating the kind of clean energy strategy that will maintain our leadership well into the future. It means that we're going to talk about, yes, deficits and taxes and sequesters and potential government shutdowns and debt ceilings."