The Washington Times - December 14, 2011, 11:42AM

House Speaker John A. Boehner on Wednesday officially invited President Obama to deliver the traditional State of the Union address to Congress on Jan. 24.

In a letter to the president, Mr. Boehner said the speech should mark a chance “to put solutions before politics.”


But that might be tough — the Jan. 24 date puts it right in the middle of the Republican presidential primary calendar, three days after South Carolina’s primary and a week before Florida’s primary.

Earlier this year, Mr. Obama and Mr. Boehner sparred over the timing of the president’s request to address Congress to deliver his jobs-stimulus speech.

Mr. Boehner declined the president’s preferred date, which conflicted with a long-scheduled Republican presidential debate. Mr. Obama instead spoke the next night.