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January 21st, 2013
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Mayor Booker: Obama has 'a lot of wind at his back' heading into second term

Heading into his second term in office, President Obama has vowed to press for an overhaul of the nation's immigration policies and to tackle gun control, two key issues that put him at odds with many Republican lawmakers.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker weighs in on the president's ability to pass legislation on these issues on Starting Point this morning, stressing that he thinks there is "a lot of consensus in the country despite the divisive issues."

"Nothing worthwhile is easy and the president has to gain every inch of ground but he has a lot of wind at his back right now, " Booker says. "He has been able to do a lot in his first term and I think the second term will be a good one."

Booker also weighs in on Obama's inaugural address and explains what he thinks Americans can expect to hear from the president today.

"This is a president I've heard talk about the importance of Americans stepping up. Democracy is not a spectator sport and all of us need to step up and play a role in the destiny of our country," Booker says. "At the end of the day, this is one of the greatest speakers were have seen in my generation and I'm confident that he won't only lift us up, but challenge us as a country as well."

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