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Obama must keep the home fires burning in election year

Matt Spetalnick in Washington

Published 19/10/2010 | 05:00

Facing a tough two years at home if the Republicans win big in next month's congressional elections, US President Barack Obama might be tempted to look abroad to make his mark.

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But with the US public fixated on high unemployment and a sputtering economy, and the 2012 presidential race approaching, Mr Obama is more likely to keep his focus where the votes are -- on his domestic priorities.

While some of his predecessors have been able to turn to foreign policy to stay more relevant when stymied by a hostile Congress, Mr Obama can hardly afford to be seen as distracted from bread-and-butter issues in the second half of his term.

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