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15 hot-button issues President Obama will face or may try to tackle in his second term

Published: Tuesday, Jan. 22 2013 10:01 a.m. MST

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"What Mr. Obama wants to achieve this term is pretty clear: a fiscal deal and overhauls of gun and immigration laws, steps to address climate change and less restrictive voter identification laws," a Jan. 19 New York Times article said.

The president did not mention voter identification laws in his inaugural address, but did say that, "our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote."

Supporters of voter ID laws say they preserve the integrity of the electoral process, while opponents say they are designed to suppress or disenfranchise certain groups of voters.

Several states have passed voter ID laws, and the Obama administration has criticized such laws, with Attorney General Eric Holder calling them a poll tax, and first lady Michelle Obama comparing them to the civil rights movement and saying the issue was "the march of our time" and "the sit-in of our day."

In January, FactCheck.org tackled recent claims that Obama lost every state with photo ID laws, reporting that he in fact won four of the 11 states with voter ID laws.

The Whittier Daily News reported Monday that black supporters were excited by the president's second term, but they expected Obama to focus more on blacks and economic issues, as well as blacks and civil rights issues in light of voter ID laws passed in several states.

>> Gloria Gilman holds a sign during the NAACP voter ID rally to demonstrate the opposition of Pennsylvania's new voter identificationlaw, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, in Philadelphia.
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Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

I don't really see an issue with Obama and this list.

Obama got majority of the Latino vote with the Dream Act. Something his Republican counter parts refuse to talk about.

Obama secured the LGBT vote by ending DADT and being the first President against DOMA and to publicly support Monogamy for gay Americans.

Obama continues to get the Black vote due to supporting Affirmative action and education for minorities.

Obama decimated Mitt Romney on foreign policy, being the sitting President when the war in Iraq ended, having an exit date for Afghanistan and giving the order to get Osama Bin Laden.

Domestic issues have only been created by the Republican Party. Taxes, the Budget and gun control have been fabricated by Republican Obstruction and the constant gun deaths in America fuel the need for checks at gun shows.

No, I'd say Obama will be just fine.

And the more votes Obama got for his 2nd term, support that.

SS
MiddleofNowhere, Utah

You're right. Obama will do just fine because he will handout a laundry list of promises, which people will believe entirely, and not accomplish a single one, just like the last four years.

rvalens2
Burley, ID

Sorry SS, I have to report a factual error in your statement.

President Obama did accomplish one major promise, it was ObamaCare and like it or hate it, you got to give him his due on that one.

ute alumni
paradise, UT

Pagaette
You're right more takers than makers want obama to continue down this path of destruction.

Tom in CA
Vallejo, CA

Obama got millions less votes this time around, and less than 51% of the total this time. There was no mandate in this election. Yet, he believes he is King.

Maurice McBride
Roanoke, VA

It would appear that he is going to make LBJ look like a right-wing conservative.

SS
MiddleofNowhere, Utah

@ Rvalens2,
Ya got me. My bad! Still, just proof that the things he does promise are worthless.

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

Lol.

Obama got 'less' votes than last time, so that is an indicator that Obama 'lost'?

Who was sworn into Presidential office in 2008 and again in 2012?

Talk is cheap.

And all I am seeing on this story is nothing but personal attacks.

So sad.

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