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President Obama Heads to Conservative States After Address

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President Barack Obama is heading to conservative-leaning Idaho to sell the economic proposals he outlined in his State of the Union address.

It's the first time Obama has visited Idaho as president, though he did headline a rally in the state during his 2008 White House campaign.

From Boise, Obama heads to Kansas, another state that typically backs Republicans.

White House officials say Obama deliberately chose conservative states for his first stops following his annual address to Congress.

Among the economic proposals that he outlined was a tax increase on the wealthy to pay for programs for the middle class.

Obama's plans have been panned by the Republicans who now control Congress.

Meanwhile, Obama's State of the Union address is drawing unsparing morning-after reviews from the Republicans who control Congress.

That includes a pointed rebuke from Speaker John Boehner on nuclear talks with Iran.

And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's statement that a high profile speech can be about more than veto threats or strident partisanship.

Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress next month and discuss the threat from Iran.

The Israeli leader has been an outspoken opponent of the direction of negotiations with Tehran that the administration is involved in.

In one of numerous veto threats, Obama pledged to reject legislation that imposes additional sanctions on Iran while those negotiations continue. (AP)
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