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Does Barack Obama Have a Mandate?

Speaking about uncertain economic times at a press conference today, President-elect Barack Obama said one thing's for certain: He has a mandate. Obama explained:

We had, I think, a decisive win, because of the extraordinary desire for change on the part of the American people. And so I don't think there is any question that we have a mandate to move the country in a new direction, and not continue the same old practices that have gotten us into the fix that we're in.

Despite his confidence that he has the political capital to change the country's course, Obama also said he realizes a large portion of the country voted for John McCain and that "wisdom is not the monopoly of any one party." Do you agree with Obama's bold statement that Americans support his agenda for change?


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