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What would a second term under President Obama look like? Ryan Lizza with "The New Yorker" on his latest piece

President Obama is facing an uphill battle going into the November election against Mitt Romney. If you look at the way past presidential elections have gone, he may have a hard time getting a landslide victory.

Since 1916, only seven presidents have won a second term and their margin of victory has steadily declined. In 1972, President Richard Nixon won re-election by 23 points, and in 2004 President Bush won a second term by only 2.5 points.

How hard will it be for President Obama to win a second term, and what will he be able to accomplish if reelected?

Ryan Lizza, CNN contributor and Washington correspondent for "The New Yorker," spoke with a number of White House insiders to get a look at what a potential second term for President Obama would look like. He talks with Soledad this morning on "Starting Point" and says the second half might include major tax reform.


Filed under: 2012 Race • Barack Obama • Politics
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  1. Mark Newsom

    Haven't we already heard from his own mouth that after the campaign is over he'll have more flexibility?

    August 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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