WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is heading to conservative-leaning Idaho to sell the economic proposals he outlined in his State of the Union address.

It's the first time Obama has visited Idaho as president, though he did headline a rally in the state during his 2008 White House campaign.

From Boise, Obama heads to Kansas, another state that typically backs Republicans.

White House officials say Obama deliberately chose conservative states for his first stops following his annual address to Congress.

Among the economic proposals that he outlined was a tax increase on the wealthy to pay for programs for the middle class.

Obama's plans have been panned by the Republicans who now control Congress.