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Former President Bill Clinton said he believes President Obama can win re-election if he can persuade voters that he steadied a shaky economy.

Mr. Clinton told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that he believes likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney will have a difficult time reconciling positions he has taken during the primary season with what he will say against Mr. Obama in the fall.

Mr. Clinton was asked whether Mr. Obama can argue that Americans are better off than they were four years ago, as he argued in winning re-election in 1996.

He replied that if Mr. Obama can’t make that case, “it is only because of the financial collapse that occurred in September 2008” — before Mr. Obama took office.

Mr. Clinton said Mr. Obama can assert that “we put a floor under the recession and kept it from becoming a depression.”


Romney ducks question about Book of Mormon

GREEN BAY — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney faced a tough question about his Mormon faith while campaigning for Tuesday’s Wisconsin primary.

A Ron Paul supporter asked Mr. Romney whether he agreed with a passage from the Book of Mormon that describes a cursing of people with a “skin of blackness.” Mr. Romney’s staff took the microphone away from the 28-year-old Green Bay man before he could read the passage.

Mr. Romney said he didn’t want to discuss religion.

But he returned to the subject later in the event. Mr. Romney talked about serving as a Mormon pastor for more than a decade in Boston. He said the experience taught him that most people have personal problems. He said he is running for president because he wants to lighten those burdens.

From wire dispatches and staff reports