Emporia: US President Barack Obama has
said he sees a "close" 2012 re-election contest due to what he
described as "difficult circumstances" in the economy.
In a television interview, Obama said yesterday that the
November 2012 election would be crucial as it would determine
"not just what happens over the next four years, but what`ll
happen over the next 20 or 30 years."
Obama, who spoke to ABC News while on a campaign-style
bus tour through the crucial swing states of North Carolina
and Virginia, acknowledged that the lame economy meant he had
a battle ahead.
"I guarantee it`s going to be a close election because
the economy is not where it wants to be and even though I
believe all the choices we`ve made have been the right ones,
we`re still going through difficult circumstances.
"That means people who may be sympathetic to my point of
view still kind of feel like, yeah, but it still hasn`t gotten
done yet... This is going to be a close election and a very
important one for the American people."
Obama said earlier this month that because of the
sputtering economic recovery and 9.1 percent unemployment he
would be the underdog when he faces off against an as yet
unknown Republican challenger next November.
Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney and the rising
star in the opinion polls, former pizza company executive
Herman Cain, are currently leading the battle for the
Texas Governor Rick Perry has been plummeting in the
polls after some poor debate performances but is still
considered in the hunt.