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President Obama's second-term agenda is basically protecting the work from his first term as he continues to outline in speeches and other campaign appearances.

That will include preventing any new military activity in old war zones such as Iraq or Afghanistan. Obamacare will be doggedly protected from any serious attempt and he'll keep pushing and funding green energy projects.

Much of Obama's argument for a second-term is based on his contention that he needs more time to keep in place the things he has already done. The critics who say the president has no real second-term agenda are correct simply by Obama's refusal to deal directly and specifically with how he will solve the deficit problem and high unemployment.

The campaign has been concentrated on demonizing his opponent with few specifics of his own second-term plan.

For anything really new that he'd like to accomplish, the issues are poison at the polls. That would include revisiting a cap-and-trade system or enacting amnesty as part of comprehensive immigration reform.

Better to stick what is safe in a close election.

Meanwhile, Obama has increased the political volume to scare voters away from Mitt Romney. Last week his campaign released an ad stirring up the abortion issue and how Romney would outlaw any abortions, period.

The ad itself includes an out-of-context quote from a November, 2007 GOP debate. Romney was asked if he would favor Roe v. Wade being overturned and whether he would sign such legislation. The ad indicates Romney actually saying he would.

But like so many misleading campaign ads coming from the Obama campaign in the waning weeks of the election, it doesn't show Romney commenting that such a scenario would not be possible.

The only way that would be possible would be if Roe v Wade were overturned. That would have to be a national consensus against abortion, Congress actually passing such a bill (highly unlikely) and then, yes, Romney would sign it. He explained very succinctly "That's not where America is today."

The Obama re-election campaign has found great success capturing the press's attention toward the former governor's weaknesses and deficiencies - especially toward the lack of specificity in his proposals.

The greatest success though has been the president's ability to conceal the lack of heart and character in his own campaign.

With Election Day less than two weeks away, with everything on the line, he is a man who remains basically a mystery. An incumbent who will do anything possible to avoid running on his own record.

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