The Obama Campaign's Unemployment Woes

As the president prepares for the Democrat convention, unemployment may be his biggest stumbling block.

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On the eve of the 2012 Democratic National Convention, it appears that President Obama is still in for a fight to reclaim his position in November.

CNN's chief national correspondent, John King, breaks down the pros and cons of Obama's re-election chances and points out that tough economic times and high unemployment might be his roughest issues at hand.

Among the advantages:

* Incumbency: Yes there are downsides to this, but the stage and powers of the presidency are on the whole an advantage, especially in a close, competitive race.

* More room for error: Mitt Romney needs to win Florida and Ohio, and at least two of these three -- Virginia, North Carolina and Wisconsin -- to have a realistic shot at 270. Obama, on the other hand, enters his convention with several paths to cobble 270 together ...

Yet the challenges are obvious ... The economy is of course the driving force behind the very different 2012 map and mood.

The unemployment rate in February 2009 -- Obama's first full month is office -- was 8.3%. Last month, it was 8.3%.

To the Romney campaign, that is proof the president's economic policies have failed. The Obama team, in turn, notes that unemployment hit 10% in October 2009, and argues that the president's policies are, albeit slowly, helping pull the economy out of a deep recession he inherited.

Read more at CNN.

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