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Tough economic climate as Obama seeks 2nd term
As job growth stagnates, Obama's re-election hopes may rest on painting opponent as even worse
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' President Barack Obama faces a long re-election campaign having all but given up on the economy rebounding in any meaningful way before November 2012.

His own budget office predicts unemployment will stay at about 9 percent, a frightening number for any president seeking a second term.

But Obama's prospects aren't entirely grim.

The GOP is heavily influenced by the tea party and could nominate someone who's deeply flawed or right-leaning. If that were to happen, Democrats hope that Obama could persuade Americans to give him a second chance rather than risk the alternative.

Democrats say the man who ran on hope and change in 2008 will have to claw his way toward a second term with a sharply negative campaign.

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