Many political pundits already are touting President Barack Obama as a shoo-in for re-election. Not so fast, say Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, and Tevi Troy, a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.
“President Obama was elected to fix the economy,” Norquist writes on Politico
. “His policies have made unemployment worse. His spending has created debt and killed jobs. When the nation focused on this in November 2010, the Democrats lost across the board . . . This also happened to Bush in 2006. What followed was 2008.”
Voters will choose between a Republican who supports less spending and lower taxes or a president who supports big spending increases and even bigger tax hikes, Norquist writes. “The reasoning that Americans will vote to bankrupt their nation in response to the Navy SEALs killing a terrorist in Pakistan strikes me as unlikely.”
As for Troy, he writes
that, “while incumbent presidents without a primary challenge have a leg up in running for re-election, President Obama has a number of key vulnerabilities.”
That includes the economy, healthcare and expanding government, Troy argues. “Obama already received one electoral rebuke in 2010. He may get another one in 2012.”
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