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Obama pledges to seek greater common ground in second term

Published on Nov 8, 2012 6:00 AM
 
US President Barack Obama waves to the crowd during his election night victory rally in Chicago, on Nov 7, 2012. (left to right) First lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia look on. With a major fiscal crisis and scars from a bitter election looming over the horizon, Obama held out an olive branch to his political rivals and pledged to seek greater common ground in his second term. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON - With a major fiscal crisis and scars from a bitter election looming over the horizon, a newly re-elected United States President Barack Obama held out an olive branch to his political rivals and pledged to seek greater common ground in his second term.

"A long campaign is now over," the 51-year-old Democratic incumbent said after clinching a decisive victory over his Republican rival Mitt Romney.

"In the coming weeks and months, I am looking forward to reaching out and working with leaders of both parties to meet the challenges we can only solve together: reducing our deficit, reforming our tax code, fixing our immigration system... We've got more work to do."

A divided Congress, largely unchanged despite the election, will put a damper on any of these major initiatives. The Democrats hung on to their control of the Senate, and the Republicans retained their majority in the House of Representatives.

 
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CONGRATS FROM PM LEE

Your victory affirms the American people's trust in your leadership. America faces many challenges, but it is a dynamic and resilient country. I am confident that it will recover strongly before too long, benefiting the American people and the entire world. Singapore wishes you all the very best as you lead your country forward.

- Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in a letter congratulating US President Barack Obama