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Please enable Javascript to watch this videoRep. Luis Gutierrez D-Ill. talks to Lynn Sweet on the importance of the State of the Union speech: It sets the stage for the next year.

WASHINGTON–President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday (starts 9 p.m. ET) is another opportunity for the White House to crank up its already big social media profile. The White House in the past days has been rolling out bits of news and features in the run-up to the annual address on Twitter, Facebook Instagram, Tumblr and Google+

The speech is a guaranteed big audience for the White House. “It really sets the stage for the legislative agenda for the year, or sometimes the lack of legislative agenda,” Rep. Luis Gutierrez D-Ill. told me.

After the speech, the White House is soliciting questions, asking for them to be posted on Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Google+ and Facebook using #SOTU and #SOTUChat.

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