"I have no more campaigns to run," he reminded the Republican controlled Congress on Tuesday night as he outlined an ambitious  vision for "middle-class economics" with a call for tax reform, free community college and child care.

"My only agenda for the next two years is the same as the one I've had since the day I swore an oath on the steps of this Capitol - to do what I believe is best for America," he said in his annual State of the Union message.

In an address running over an hour, Obama in a dark suit and a light blue tie also offered a blunt veto threat of any Congressional proposals to undermine his major legislative achievements to date.

"We can't put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street, or refighting past battles on immigration when we've got a system to fix," he said.

"And if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, it will earn my veto."Obama said the "shadow of crisis has passed" after years dominated by wars, recession and the threat of terror, saying that it's now time for the nation to "turn the page."

Under Obama's plan, tax hikes on the wealthy would help finance tax breaks for middle-income Americans, including a USD 500 boost for families with two working spouses and a tripling of the child care tax credit.

Other proposals included a push for more paid sick leave and a free community college education for qualified students.

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