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“So there’s no pivot here,” Mr. Carney said. “The president’s principal preoccupation since he ran for this office, beginning in 2007, has been, you know, what we need to do to make our economy work for the middle class, to help expand the middle class, to give average Americans the opportunities they need to help this economy grow and to help it be as strong and dominant in the 21st century as it was in the 20th,” he said. “You’ll hear that again in the State of the Union address.”