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100 days

Since the beginning of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s first term in 1933, Americans have looked to a president’s first 100 days as marker of how they will govern for the rest of their time in office.

Whether or not this is an accurate barometer for a presidency is uncertain. What is certain, however, is whoever wins this fall will face many pressing challenges as soon as the election is over. The real question is, how would each of the candidates tackle these problems?

Need to Know spoke with three experts on what the first 100 days of a Romney administration or an Obama second term might look like. Stephen Wayne is a professor of government at Georgetown University and an expert on the American Presidency. David Leonhardt is the Washington bureau chief for the New York Times. Norman Ornstein is a political scientist and resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and a long-time observer of Washington politics.

Read David Leonhardt’s article, “Romney’s First 100 Days”, for more information on these issues.