Obama Team Reassured by Iowa

    FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2011, file photo President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign fundraiser event in New York. "Sometimes the pundits and the newspapers and the TV commentators love to talk about how America is slipping and America is in decline," Obama said. "That's not what you feel when you're in Asia. They're looking to us for leadership. They know that America is great not just because we're powerful, but also because we have a set of values that the world admires," he said about his recent trip to Asia, highlighting the United States' role as the strongest and most influential nation on earth.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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    Mitt Romney may have won the vote, but President Obama's team smells blood in the water. The total number of votes among Iowa Republicans is expected to be about half the number of the 2008 Democratic primaries, a sign that Republicans aren't excited about their options. Romney, especially, should be worried about his numbers, says Obama senior campaign strategist David Axelrod: he got almost exactly the same number of votes as he did in the last election. “You’d have to say the story is: Iowa to Mitt. No sale,” said Axelrod. “Beyond that, for all the patter about GOP enthusiasm, turnout was unimpressive.”

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