Examining the Electoral Map, President Obama’s Arguments for a Second Term

BY Christina Bellantoni  April 30, 2012 at 5:09 PM EDT

In this week’s Political Checklist, Political Editor Christina Bellantoni chatted with senior correspondents Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff about President Obama’s latest campaign video, which reminds voters he inherited a bad economy from President George W. Bush. Gwen notes that argument only works for so long, and also pointed out that the “economy” means different things to different people when it comes to their votes.

The team discussed the Electoral College map (play along in our Vote 2012 Map Center) and the states that Mr. Obama and Mitt Romney consider must-wins this fall. Here’s a hint: the first big Obama campaign rallies of the season are this weekend in Ohio and Virginia.

We also chatted about the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death and the president’s team using the issue as part of the campaign.

Katelyn Polantz and Cassie Chew shot and edited this video.

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