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Obama can still make a difference with a Republican Congress

Published Tue, Oct 28, 2014 · 09:50 PM

THE outcome of Nov 4's US Congress elections will shape the course of American and international politics for at least the next two years. All eyes are on the US Senate, which the Democrats have controlled since 2007, but which polls indicate Republicans have a strong prospect of winning back.

With Republicans already overwhelming favourites to retain a majority in the US House of Representatives, Democratic President Barack Obama could face his partisan opponents holding both chambers of Congress in his final two years of office. However, while this would stymie much of the remainder of his domestic policy agenda, it need not leave him as a complete "lame duck" president - as some contend.

Instead, it would probably accentuate his focus upon foreign policy. Here, he could still secure very significant achievements to consolidate his legacy, as other two-term presidents such as Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan did in their last twilight presidential years.

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