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4 years later, scarred but still confident

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He warned them in 2008, and when he formally opened his re-election campaign in May, he put it in his speech again. He will “never be a perfect president,” he said, a line he now repeats at stop after stop. The unspoken subtext: It’s not my fault if you didn’t listen or expected too much.

Obama courts the votes of a less-engaged youth

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Annie Hartnett was not old enough to vote in 2008 when she volunteered for the Obama campaign at the University of Iowa, where an older sister was a student. Now 21 and a leader of the Iowa State University Democrats, she said she was as excited as she was four years ago to be working for President Obama — yet she struggled to describe something that is missing.

Washington Week - Minneapolis Edition

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As the eyes of the country turn to Tampa for the Republican National Convention, we take a look back to our August 2008 Minneapolis roadshow where presidential candidate John McCain picked running mate Sarah Palin just hours before. Joining Gwen: Michael Duffy, TIME Magazine; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times; John Dickerson, Slate Magazine; and Michele Norris, NPR.

2008 Bank Bailout

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The 2008 financial crisis and bank bailouts have undoubtedly shaped the current economy and the politics leading to the 2012 Presidential election. How did the 2008 presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama approach these subjects in their campaigns? Joining Gwen: Jeff Zeleny, New York Times; Charles Babington, Associated Press; John Dickerson, Slate/CBS News; Jeanne Cummings, Politico.

After 2008, Romney works a very different campaign

On The Radar

Four years ago, Mitt Romney was done in when he ended up fighting a multi-front battle against different opponents. This year, it has been his lucky fate to escape any real battles from any specific opponent. That will soon change. Romney’s 2008 strategy, built on the assumption that someone not nationally known could take the nomination only by winning early and often, was based on some sound assumptions. What he didn’t anticipate was how the campaign would unfold against him.