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Opinion

JOSHUA GREEN

Election is a referendum on Obama

Obama succeeded in focusing attention on Romney — now it’s back on him

Until just over a week ago, President Obama’s campaign was on the cusp of doing something unprecedented in modern presidential politics: turning the election into a referendum on the challenger, Mitt Romney.

Why is that so special? Because every prior example of an incumbent running for reelection in recent times has wound up being a referendum on the guy in the White House.

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