The normal procedure for state of the union addresses is for the president to release text of the speech prior to giving the speech in a joint session. In fact presidents from John Adams to William Howard Taft only submitted written state of the union reports to congress. It wasn't till Woodrow Wilson that presidents gave state of the union address in person to congress.
While Obama's address on jobs to a joint session of congress next Thursday won't be a state of the union address, it probably will have a long wish list of spending programs that the president wants enacted. It's fair to request that the president submit the proposals in writing.
A written proposal from the president would enable Congress to decipher the cost and the American people and businesses to weigh the plan, said the South Carolina Republican who is a favorite of tea party conservatives.
"Without sending something in writing, the president makes all of these grand gestures, and then it doesn't appear in any legislation, and then he will blame Congress for not passing something he never sends over," DeMint told CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley.
Obama is set to address a joint session of Congress on Thursday to lay out an economic plan to create jobs in the United States.