Political impact of bin Laden's death

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May 3, 2011, 5:31 pm
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(NECN: Alison King) - Osama bin Laden's killing comes just as the 2012 Presidential race is starting to heat up. But the news itself could be a game changer.

Between the heated budget debate and low approval ratings, the capture and killing of Osama bin Laden has provided President Obama with some much needed good news that all Americans seem to support.

But with the 2012 race already heating up -- will Obama see the effects in the long term?  

It's not unusual for presidents to see a bump after a huge news event. George Bush after 9/11. President Clinton after the Oklahoma City bombing. The first President Bush after the Gulf War. But those bumps did not last long.

Getting a bounce in the polls is one thing. Parlaying that into policy victories is quite another. Especially since the dominant news of the day does not revolve around foreign affairs or national security.

Tags: barack Obama, Osama bin Laden, Election 2012
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