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January 19, 2013

Local views mixed on Obama's second term

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In the next term, she expects the economy will continue to be a big issue, as well as foreign affairs, including the situations in Syria and Iran. Social issues, such as gun control, will also be on the table, she said.

She expects Obama to continue to be successful, but with divided government, she hoped the Republican-controlled House is able to work more cooperatively with the Democratic-controlled White House and Senate.

Daily Star conservative columnist Chuck Pinkey said he gives Obama credit for “tenacity” in his first term, though “I disagree with everything he does.” He said he was looking forward to the continued gridlock that divided government will bring, at least until the 2014 election when voters can have a chance to change the makeup of the Senate.

“My only hope is we can stop him from pushing his liberal agenda,” he said. He said he hoped that Obama would compromise on such issues as spending cuts, but realistically the best that can hoped for is “we can hold him at bay and minimize the damage,” he said.

He doesn’t think Obama will get major changes through the House and Senate on gun laws, though some minor changes are possible. Fiscal issues will continue to be important, though he hoped Republicans can “stand together before there is no party left.”

Two people interviewed at the Southside Mall discussed the inauguration. Amanda Robinson, 19, is a freshman at Hartwick College, where her studies include political science. She plans on tuning in to Monday’s event, and said she considers herself a political independent.

In a second term, “Democrats and Republicans need to find more common ground” addressing such issues as improving the economy. She admitted she wasn't sure if that was realistic, but with repaying student loans and finding a job being part of her future, she was hopeful.

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