FILE - In this March 30, 2010 file photo President Barack Obama, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, and others applaud after the president signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 at a community college in Alexandria, Va. When you vote in November 2012, you'll be voting for more than a president; you'll be casting a ballot for and against a checklist of policies that touch your life and shape the country you live in. It can be hard to see through the process that the election is a contest of actual ideas, but it is always so. A candidate's words connect to deeds in office. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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FILE - In this March 30, 2010 file photo President Barack Obama, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, and others applaud after the president signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 at a community college in Alexandria, Va. When you vote in November 2012, you'll be voting for more than a president; you'll be casting a ballot for and against a checklist of policies that touch your life and shape the country you live in. It can be hard to see through the process that the election is a contest of actual ideas, but it is always so. A candidate's words connect to deeds in office.  (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
FILE - In this March 30, 2010 file photo President Barack Obama, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., right, and others applaud after the president signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 at a community college in Alexandria, Va. When you vote in November 2012, you'll be voting for more than a president; you'll be casting a ballot for and against a checklist of policies that touch your life and shape the country you live in. It can be hard to see through the process that the election is a contest of actual ideas, but it is always so. A candidate's words connect to deeds in office. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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