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WASHINGTON : The Clinton Message

Foreign affairs will take a back seat to domestic issues and partisan politics when President Clinton delivers his second annual State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress today.

Clinton will probably claim credit for restoring Haiti’s democratically elected president to office, for halting North Korea’s nuclear weapons program and for keeping U.S. troops out of Bosnia. He may also urge greater cooperation on international crime.

But for the most part, Clinton is expected to promote his “middle-class bill of rights,” a potpourri of tax cuts and tax breaks. His reelection campaign is shaping up as a battle with Republicans for the allegiance of the middle class, and he will use the occasion to fire a round.


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