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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama gestures as he gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. When Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Tuesday, he isn’t just setting out his own agenda. He’s also delivering an opening salvo in the yearlong fight for control of Congress. Although not explicitly political, the speech will frame an economic argument that Democrats hope will appeal to voters across the country. Obama has turned his attention in the second term to what government can do to increase social mobility and reduce income inequality. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

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"I think voters will give me a chance to say, 'This is who I am, running for the first time to be in Congress,'" Ed Gillespie says. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama gestures as he gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. When Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Tuesday, he isn’t just setting out his own agenda. He’s also delivering an opening salvo in the yearlong fight for control of Congress. Although not explicitly political, the speech will frame an economic argument that Democrats hope will appeal to voters across the country. Obama has turned his attention in the second term to what government can do to increase social mobility and reduce income inequality. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

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President Bush is applauded by Vice President Dick Cheney (left) and House Speaker Dennis Hastert, of Ill. while delivering his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress in 2004. (Associated Press)

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His turn: "I think voters will give me a chance to say, 'This is who I am, running for the first time to be in Congress,'" Ed Gillespie says. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

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"I think voters will give me a chance to say, 'This is who I am, running for the first time to be in Congress,'" Ed Gillespie says. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama waves and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio applauds after the president gave his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

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** FILE ** President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joseph R. Biden and House Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio, gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2013, file photo, President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Obama reports to Congress and the nation Jan. 28, 2014, on the State of the Union, an annual rite in official Washington that for one night squeezes the three branches of government underneath the same roof for the speech. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)

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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 1963 file photo, President Kennedy stands with a group of leaders of the March on Washington at the White House in Washington. Immediately after the march, they discussed civil rights legislation that was finally inching through Congress. The leaders pressed Kennedy to strengthen the legislation; the president listed many obstacles. Historians generally agree that Kennedy's phone call to Coretta Scott King expressing concern over her husband's arrest in October 1960 — and Robert Kennedy's work behind the scenes to get King released — helped JFK win the White House that fall. King himself, while appreciative, wasn't as quick to credit the Kennedys alone with getting him out of jail, according to a previously unreleased portion of the interview with the civil rights leader days after Kennedy's election. From second left are Whitney Young, National Urban League; Dr. Martin Luther King, Christian Leadership Conference; John Lewis, Student Non-violent Coordinating Committee, partially obscured; Rabbi Joachim Prinz, American Jewish Congress; Dr. Eugene P. Donnaly, National Council of Churches; A. Philip Randolph, AFL-CIO vice president; Kennedy; Walter Reuther, United Auto Workers; Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, partially obscured, and Roy Wilkins, NAACP. (AP Photo/File)