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AP: Obama bypasses Congress with economic pitch

by Lisa Mathias

In today’s AP, David Winston comments on President Obama’s efforts to appeal to the public on his economic plan. Winston states that the president will need to take two things into consideration:

David Winston, a Republican pollster and strategist who advises House Republicans, said the key to a successful policy campaign is two-fold.

“The first and central is how important is solving whatever problem is being defined,” he said. “The second one is does the defined benefit solve the problem.”

He argues that even though Obama in 2010 won the health care fight in a partisan showdown, the public didn’t judge health care to be as important as dealing with the economy. As a result, Republicans won control of the House in elections that year.

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