02 Mar '11, 11pm

Republicans admit Obama's hard to beat

WASHINGTON - Republicans have abandoned the gloating rhetoric that followed their mid-term election gains in November, admitting that President Barack Obama will be difficult to beat in next year's presidential election and expressing deep admiration for his political skills. Mr Obama's opponents have been taken aback by his readiness to move to the centre, agreeing to extend tax cuts passed by his predecessor George W Bush and making concessions on his treasured healthcare legislation. A series of polls have recently shown the President leading all his potential opponents by a margin of five percentage points or more. "I consider him a favourite, albeit a slight favourite," said Mr Karl Rove, a former adviser to Mr Bush. "Republicans underestimate President Obama at their own peril." Analysts have said that high unemployment and record deficit levels mean Mr Obama will no...

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