Tuesday 24 October 2017

Obama must keep the home fires burning in election year

Matt Spetalnick in Washington

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.

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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