By Tracey Webb Follow @WebbWriterguru
Get your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, November 29, 2013.
1. The moment of truth. With the administration-imposed November 30th deadline to fix the troubled Obamacare website one day away, questions abound. Will things go smoothly or will President Obama face yet another embarrassing setback for his signature legislative accomplishment? The president and officials in charges of Healthcare.gov say they expect the "vast majority" of people who go to the site to have a much better experience than the crashes and delays experienced during its launch last month. Is this Obamacare's sink or swim moment? Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum and former Vermont governor and Democratic Party Chairman Howard Dean debate the health care law's fate this Sunday on State of the Union.
2. Americans: Things are going badly. Americans are having an increasingly negative view about the state of the country and most aren't optimistic about the economy either. A new CNN/ORC poll finds only 24 percent think economic conditions are improving, while 39 percent think they're getting worse. Thirty-six percent say we're not in a recovery, but the economy has stabilized. Overall, 59 percent say things are going badly in the country today, compared to 41 percent who think things are going well or fairly well.
3. Hillary and Christie lead the pack. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has jumped to the top of potential 2016 Republican presidential contenders. According to a new CNN/ORC poll, Christie has the backing of 24 percent of Republicans and independents who lean Republican. Kentucky Sen. Rand Poll comes in second with 13 percent, Congressman and former V.P. candidate Paul Ryan is third with 11 percent. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton blows the competition away. The former Secretary of State leads here nearest rival Joe Biden by more than 50 points. Clinton gets the support of 63 percent of Democrats and independents who lean Democratic, compared to 12 percent for Biden. Without Clinton in the race, Biden leads the Democratic contenders with 43%, with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren coming in a distant second with 17 percent.
4. The terrorist threat. Is the U.S. safer from terrorism now than five, 10 years ago? The administration has said the core of Al Qaeda has been largely decimated but breakout cells and affiliates have cropped up. How far is the terrorists' reach? What type of attacks does the U.S. still potentially face? Is the intelligence community effectively connecting the dots? Where are we most vulnerable? We get answers from the chairs of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Mike Rogers this Sunday on State of the Union.