Sen. Claire McCaskill says she believes Pres. Obama will focus on the struggling economy and a need for jobs as he delivers his State of the Union address to the nation tonight at 8 p.m.

“Especially small businesses,” she says. McCaskill says if there’s money appropriated that’s unspent, the government should focus on small businesses to grow the economy, “allow them accesses to loans. They’re in a position to grow the economy but they can’t get credit … They will be the engine that will get our economy humming again,” she says, adding that it shouldn’t be all about government spending.

“We’re in a much better position than we were a year ago, and I think the President will stress that.”

“Finally, I think he will talk about bipartisanship. The process of healthcare reform and how we got bogged down with that and didn’t end up with a good bi-partisan result and how we’ve got to work harder to make that happen.”

The State of the Union will air live at 8 p.m. Central Time on all major network television stations, as well as online via live stream from the White House.

The public is also invited to participate in the process by submitting questions and feedback immediately following the address; Obama will host a special online event next week to answer them. Whether it’s via YouTube or iPhone, viewers have lots of options to watch the State of the Union address.

Sen. McCaskill on State of the Union [Listen / download Mp3, 1:51]