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James Downey: Obama came to power at wrong time, but he'll get second chance

Published 27/10/2012 | 17:00

YOU don't need to have followed the American presidential campaign closely, or at all, to know the main issue. "It's the economy, stupid."

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But it isn't the economy in quite the same way as it was 20 years ago, when that most formidable of campaigners, Bill Clinton, drummed the message into the heads of his supporters.

Then, the odds favoured an attractive challenger facing an unpopular incumbent. President George Bush senior had promised "no new taxes" and failed, as political leaders do, to deliver. This time round the incumbent, President Barack Obama, has to defend his record and the challenger, Mitt Romney, can exploit the United States' economic troubles and make any promises he likes.

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