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Obama Tries to Recapture 2008 Magic

As President Obama prepares for his latest campaign swing that includes a big public rally in Madison, Wis., Gwen Ifill discusses how the White House is employing the president’s celebrity status with young voters as a way to enliven the base of the Democratic Party.

But times have changed. As Gwen notes, it was precisely this type of rock-star treatment that Sen. John McCain’s campaign used as a somewhat successful line of attack against Mr. Obama in the summer of 2008.

Gwen also turns the tables on me to ask about Florida’s fascinating three-way Senate race between Republican Marco Rubio, independent Charlie Crist and Democrat Kendrick Meek.

You can see it all on the Political Checklist.

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