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What Time is the State of the Union Address on TV Tonight? President Biden Kicks off General Election Campaign in Key Speech

President Joe Biden is set to deliver his highly anticipated State of the Union address tonight, marking a crucial moment as he officially launches his campaign for re-election. The speech, typically held in January, has become a significant event that allows the President to lay out his vision for the nation’s future and address key issues facing the country. This year’s address is particularly pivotal as it coincides with the unofficial kickoff of the general election campaign, with a potential rematch against former President Donald Trump looming.

Coming off a strong showing on Super Tuesday, President Biden aims to build on his momentum and make a compelling case to the American people for another four years in office. The State of the Union address provides a platform for the President to highlight his achievements, discuss policy proposals, and address challenges such as the ongoing conflicts in Ukraine and Gaza, rising inflation concerns, and critiques of his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the road to re-election is not without obstacles. Biden faces resistance from both voters and within his own party, with concerns raised about his age, frustration over inflation, perceived unfulfilled promises, and the handling of international conflicts. Activists across the country have launched protest efforts, urging voters to express their discontent by voting “uncommitted” or writing in another candidate.

The President’s speech, taking place later than usual, is seen as a critical opportunity to connect with a large audience and sway both the public and a historically unproductive Congress. Aaron Kall, the director of debate at the University of Michigan, emphasizes the high stakes, noting that this may be Biden’s last guaranteed opportunity for a large audience, especially considering the uncertainty surrounding fall debates.

Biden, who has been preparing for the speech at Camp David in Maryland, is expected to address key issues such as job creation, the economy, the wars in Ukraine and Gaza, China, immigration, and abortion. The only disclosed special guest is Kate Cox, a Texas woman who faced challenges accessing abortion due to strict state limits.

One challenge for Biden will be addressing doubts about his mental fitness, with a recent survey showing that over 60% of Americans lack confidence in his ability to serve effectively. The President will need to navigate slip-ups and gaffes, demonstrating vigor and command to reassure voters.

The State of the Union address is scheduled to begin at 9:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. PT) and will be broadcast live on major networks, including ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, and PBS. Viewers can also stream the address on WhiteHouse.Gov.

In addition to the President’s speech, the White House has announced the guest list for First Lady Jill Biden’s viewing box, featuring individuals who symbolize key issues to be addressed in the President’s speech. The diverse group includes advocates for reproductive rights, gun violence prevention, labor unions, clean energy, and military spouses.

Following the State of the Union, Sen. Katie Britt, R-Ala., will deliver the GOP response, with the possibility of former President Donald Trump responding as their anticipated rematch draws closer. Tonight’s address marks a crucial moment in the 2024 election cycle, setting the stage for a contentious and closely watched campaign.