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Cameron: Obama shows importance of center

Nov. 8, 2012 at 1:48 AM
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AMMAN, Jordan, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday President Obama's election victory in the United States shows wins are done "in the mainstream."

Cameron, in Amman, Jordan, on a three-day trip to the Middle East, appeared to find the U.S. election results encouraging, The Daily Telegraph reported. Like Obama, Cameron took office in the midst of a severe economic slump.

"I was very struck by the fact that Barack had been saying it's a hard road but we're on the right track," he said. "And a government that's worked hard to deliver economic recovery can be re-elected."

While Conservatives in the past have felt closer ties to U.S. Republicans, Cameron and the Democratic Obama have enjoyed a friendly relationship. Republican nominee Mitt Romney annoyed British leaders during a trip to London during the Summer Olympics when he made disparaging remarks about British preparations for the Games.

Cameron said politicians have to seek the "center ground" of issues important to most of the population.

"That is making sure they can find a good job, they can build a good life for themselves, that if people work hard and try to get on you are behind them and helping them," he said. "That is the message loud and clear from this election as it is from all elections: You win elections in the mainstream."

Labor Party leaders are expected to visit the United States to study the Obama campaign, the Telegraph said.

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