President Obama laid out his blueprint for how to rebuild the nation’s economy Tuesday, and set his agenda for a tough election year. His State of the Union address began with plans to revitalize the nation’s manufacturing industry and tax cuts for businesses who create jobs domestically.

The President again made the argument for ending tax cuts for the wealthy in exchange for entitlement reform and asked Congress to pass the payroll tax cut immediately. The president also listed several initiatives he plans to implement via executive order, including the creation of a special unit to investigate any misconduct that led to the mortgage and securities crisis.

None of the changes, the president said, could be successful without more bipartisanship in Washington.

"None of these reforms can happen unless we also lower the temperature in this town," President Obama said. "We need to end the notion that the two parties must be locked in a perpetual campaign of mutual destruction, that politics is about clinging to rigid ideologies instead of building consensus around common sense ideas."

The ambitious plan also targets countries with unfair trade practices and asks states to force kids to stay in school until they turn 18.

Republicans, meanwhile, have talked down the president’s speech all day Tuesday. House Speaker John Boehner called the address a rerun of past State of the Union’s.

And continuing along that line Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels delivered the Republican response from Indianapolis shortly after the president’s speech.

"When President Obama claims that the state of our union is anything but grave, he must know in his heart that this is not true," Daniels said. "The president did not cause the financial and fiscal crises that continue in America tonight, but he was elected on a promise to fix them and he cannot claim that the last three years have made them anything but worse."

President Obama plans to ride the momentum of Tuesday’s speech. He will embark on a three day tour of five key battleground states–Nevada, Iowa, Arizona, Colorado and Michigan– starting on Wednesday.