PROMISES, PROMISES: So far, no new ones from Obama

NANCY BENAC Associated Press Published:

WASHINGTON (AP) -- So far this spring, President Barack Obama's campaign speeches have been strikingly free of new promises. That's a big change from four years ago.

Obama's early pitch to voters is heavy on promises kept and promises still in the works. (Never mind about those pesky promises broken.)

The script fits the playbook for incumbent presidents seeking re-election. Job One, particularly in the age of attack ads, is to define your opponent. Obama is largely leaving that chore to campaign surrogates and early advertising for now. Job Two is to remind voters of your own accomplishments, and how you'll build on them. This is where he is right now.

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