Wednesday, May 4, 2011

2012 Republicans to highlight economy after bin Laden

Potential Republican presidential candidates have little choice but to let President Barack Obama savor his Osama bin Laden victory before ramping up their criticism of his handling of the U.S. economy.

The successful raid that killed bin Laden at his compound in Pakistan has largely bumped to the background the Republican campaign to pick a successor to oppose him in 2012.

The first televised debate among several Republicans is planned for Thursday in South Carolina, the day Obama is to take a bin Laden victory lap at New York's Ground Zero.

The foreign policy victory comes at a time when the Republican field is unsettled and slow to start, with no White House hopeful seen as a front-runner and some voters clamoring for more big-name choices.
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