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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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