President Bush says he will rally Americans to meet what he calls "great challenges" facing the United States, in his State of the Union speech to Congress later on Tuesday.
White House officials say about half the speech will focus on international affairs, including the threat posed by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction.
Officials say Mr. Bush will stop short of declaring war but will say urgent action is needed to confront the threat. Mr. Bush says his deep desire is for peace in troubled regions of the world.
The remainder of the speech will focus on domestic affairs, including programs to revive the economy and spread prosperity.
The president's 674-billion-dollar tax-cut proposal is the centerpiece of his plan to spur economic growth. Mr. Bush is also expected to announce new programs to help lower-income families and what he calls faith-based initiatives.
The nationally televised speech takes place before a joint session of Congress in Washington.
Opposition Democratic party leaders say Mr. Bush lacks credibility both on wanting to wage war against Iraq and reviving the economy. New public opinion polls indicate Mr. Bush's approval ratings have fallen. One survey released today (Tuesday) indicates just under 50 percent of Americans believe President Bush is leading the United States in the right direction.
Washington state Governor Gary Locke will deliver the Democratic response to the State of the Union address.