MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - On the heels of the longest government shutdown in history, President Trump says he hopes to convey a sense of unity in his State of the Union.
WMC Political Analyst Mike Nelson says the State of the Union gives presidents a chance to reset their agenda.
“It’s a great opportunity for the president to reach a massive audience of Americans, the biggest audience he’ll have all year,” said Nelson.
The White House has released few details of the speech, but the president is expected to paint a picture of a country on the comeback.
The president will talk about the economy and strong jobs numbers.
He's also expected to push for legislation on drug prices, healthcare and infrastructure.
"Infrastructure is something that Donald Trump talked about as a candidate, he's talked about every year. It really hasn't come to anything yet. But it's obviously something that both parties could find some common ground on, rebuilding the nation's bridges and highways and airports," said Nelson.
Nelson says he'll be watching for reaction from leading Democrats.
Speaker Pelosi will be seated just over the president's shoulder and several Democratic candidates for president will also be in the chamber.
Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the Georgia governor's race last year, will deliver the official Democratic Response.
"Basically her opportunity will be to make the positive case for the Democratic agenda," said Nelson.
The president’s State of the Union address will air on WMC Action News 5 Tuesday night at 8 p.m., followed by the Democratic Response.