Is President Barack Obama the Underdog?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Is President Barack Obama running for re-election as an against-the-odds underdog or confident front-runner?

Sometimes even Obama himself doesn’t seem to know for sure.

As the president travels the country, he tells supporters he expects to win re-election because he believes his ideas and vision for the country are better than those of his Republican rivals.

But he is also quick to cast himself as the underdog, running for a second term amid a shaky economy for which he acknowledges he’s at least partly responsible.

In trying to have it both ways, Obama is looking to assure supporters of a path to victory while infusing his incumbent bid for the White House with some of the enthusiasm of his long-shot campaign in 2008.

Source: Associated Press