Tom Vilsack Skipping State Of The Union 2012

01/24/2012 08:34 pm ET | Updated Mar 25, 2012

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack will not be in attendance at President Barack Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night, according to the Washington Post.

Vilsack is fulfilling the role of "designated survivor" for the Cabinet at tonight's event.

The AP explains:

The administration typically picks one Cabinet member to stay away from the Capitol so the government can continue to function in case a catastrophe were to strike the building.

HuffPost's Jen Bendery reports on what Obama is expected to say in his remarks on Tuesday night.

President Barack Obama will deliver a State of the Union address on Tuesday night built on the message that everyone deserves a fair shot at economic success and everyone must be held accountable for what they do. The next day, he'll begin using that same message as the thrust for his re-election campaign for the next 10 months.

Obama's third State of the Union address, which airs on all major networks at 9 p.m. EST, will map out a vision for boosting the economy and strengthening the middle class, based on four pillars, White House press secretary Jay Carney said in a Monday briefing. Those pillars are American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and American values. The president also will adopt a tone that ran all through a speech he gave in Kansas last month -- one that many are equating with a historic speech that Teddy Roosevelt gave in 1910 -- that carries a strong message about social and economic equality.

Click here for HuffPost's live blog coverage of the event.

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