- Title: USA: Voters say Obama will face stiff challenges in re-election bid
- Date: 5th April 2011
- Summary: WASHINGTON, D.C., UNITED STATES (APRIL 4, 2011) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF WHITE HOUSE AND TOURISTS POSING FOR PHOTOS TOURISTS ON SIDEWALK OUTSIDE OF WHITE HOUSE GROUNDS (SOUNDBITE) (English) JEAN DILWORTH, TOURIST FROM PORTLAND, OREGON, SAYING: "I don't think that he's going to make it in this next election - and that's - I think simply because, when he was elected he had great plans and he didn't realize what he was getting into. That's my opinion." (SOUNDBITE) (English) JEREMY MARKS, FROM SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND, SAYING: "It gets earlier and earlier. It feels like we just got out of an election, so, I wish him well. He's our president, but I probably won't vote for him." REPORTER ASKING: "Why not" (SOUNDBITE) (English) JEREMY MARKS, FROM SILVER SPRING, MARYLAND, SAYING: "Spending is out of control. I'm originally from New Jersey and they managed to cut spending. I just think spending - our kids and grandkids are going to have a huge debt to pay, so that would be why."
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- Location: Usa, Usa
- Country: USA
- Topics: Domestic Politics
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- Story Text: U.S. President Barack Obama launched his bid for re-election in 2012 on Monday (April 4), capitalizing on better news on the economy and pushing ahead of Republicans who are struggling to find a candidate.
Obama, a Democrat who won a sweeping victory over Republican Senator John McCain in 2008 with a message of change, said in a low-key email to supporters that he was filing papers to start his re-election bid.
Tourists visiting the White House said the President faced real challenges in his re-election effort.
"I don't think that he's going to make it in this next election - and that's - I think simply because, when he was elected he had great plans and he didn't realize what he was getting into. That's my opinion," Jean Dilworth, from Portland, Oregon said.
"Spending is out of control. I'm originally from New Jersey and they managed to cut spending. I just think spending - our kids and grandkids are going to have a huge debt to pay, so that would be why," Jeremy Marks from nearby Maryland said.
But others like James Peterson, visiting from the state of Georgia, said the President was doing a good job, despite the challenges he faces.
"I think dealing with the Libya situation, Afghanistan, Iraq - it's all pretty tough you know, but I think he's been doing a pretty good job. And you know, with the opposition that he faces from Republicans and his own party, I think he had to make some compromises and he did what he could, and I think he did a good job," Peterson said.
Kristin Grayson of Indiana said the President deserved a second term to see what he could accomplish.
"And I think it's important for him to be able to finish some of the projects that he started. I think it's always hard for a president to make big changes, and have a vision for the future, and only try to squeeze that into four years, so he deserves a chance to try to finish that up," Grayson said.
Though no Republicans have formally announced their candidacy, several have been making public appearances and speeches common to those considering a presidential run.
Soon after the Obama announcement was made, the Republican party issued an Internet ad critical of the President's record on the economy and job creation - issues certain to be in focus during the 2012 election.
Obama has the luxury of ramping up his campaign slowly, in part because the field of Republicans who will vie to challenge him has yet to take shape. The Obama campaign is expected to raise an unprecedented $1 billion.
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