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Jul 26, 2010 8:42 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Obama's message to voters: Things could be worse

President Barack Obama is trying to convince a cranky electorate not to change course in mid stream -- or in this case, at mid-term.

His message for the fall elections, which are looking ominous for his Democrats, is that Republicans caused the nation's economic troubles, but he and the Democrats are starting to fix them.

It's a tough sell to voters who've seen little progress. Unemployment is stuck near double digits and polls show many voters have decided Obama's policies are to blame.

Obama's challenge for the next four months is to turn that perception around. So he's traveled, from New York to San Francisco, reminding voters of the mess he faced when he took office. Now, he says the economy is gradually picking up and adding jobs and the president says putting Republicans in power would reverse the momentum.

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