President Obama Announces Campaign For Re-Election; Republicans Unmoved

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President Barack Obama is running for reelection in 2012. That comes as no surprise, but the chief executive made the announcement official this morning.

Declaring that he remains wholly “focused on the job you elected me to do,” Obama announced his bid for another term in an email (with video) to supporters.

Hours later, several possible Republican presidential hopefuls (none has officially declared their intent to challenge him) used this news to criticize him.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Tweeted @barackobama: "I look forward to hearing details on your jobs plan, as are 14m unemployed Americans."

Romney's comment highlights a point about the shaky economic recovery that Democrats acknowledge could be a vulnerability for the President.

Another likely candidate, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, responded with a dramatic video - a trademark of his nascent presidential campaign.

“How can America win the future when we’re losing the present?” it asks. “In order for America to take a new direction, it’s going to take a new President.”

True? False? You tell us: Is Obama doing a good job as President?

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Barack Hussein Obama II

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