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President William Howard Taft was the heaviest of American presidents and had a 54-inch waist, but he was elected in 1908 and subsequently installed an extra-large bathtub in the White House to little fanfare. More than a century later, can a heavy-set candidate win?

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**FILE** President Obama speaks Dec. 20, 2011, in the White House. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Demonstrators outside the White House march in November with a replica of a pipeline during a protest of the planned Keystone XL pipeline that would bring tar sands oil from Canada to Texas. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (left) listens as President Obama speaks following a meeting at the White House in Washington on Dec. 7, 2011. President Obama warned congressional Republicans that he would reject any effort to tie extraneous issues to an extension of the payroll tax cut, including the approval of an oil pipeline between the U.S. and Canada. (Associated Press/The Canadian Press)

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**FILE** President Obama leaves a news conference at the White House on Dec. 8, 2011. (Associated Press)

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In this image released by the White House, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with with members of the national security team, receive an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, Sunday, May 1, 2011. (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza)

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** FILE ** In this Dec. 8, 2011, file photo, President Barack Obama leaves a news conference in the White House briefing room in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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**FILE** President Obama speaks Dec. 23, 2011, at the White House. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Dec. 22, 2011, photo, President Obama speaks during a news conference in the South Court Auditorium at the White House complex. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the South Court Auditorium at the White House complex, Thursday, Dec. 22, 2011, in Washington. The president was flanked at the White House by several people who commented on Twitter about how they would be impacted if the tax cuts were not extended. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during his daily briefing on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, in the White House's Brady Briefing Room in Washington. (AP Photo/Haraz N. Ghanbari)

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White House press secretary Jay Carney listens to a question during his daily news briefing at the White House on Dec. 15, 2011. (Associated Press)

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White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House on Dec. 15, 2011. (Associated Press)

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The presidential dollar coin has been sacrificed to cost-cutting needs. The White House said Tuesday it is stopping nearly all production of the coins, which carry the likeness of every deceased president. The lack of demand has resulted in nearly 1.4 billion coins, or 40 percent of those produced, being returned to the Federal Reserve, which costs money. (Associated Press)

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President Barack Obama meets with Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki makes a point at a joint news conference with President Obama on Monday at the White House. (Associated Press)

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President Obama, accompanied by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, speaks during a news conference at the White House on Dec. 12, 2011. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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President Obama meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the White House on Dec. 12, 2011. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this December 2011 file photo, President Obama with first lady Michelle Obama and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, walk from the White House to attend a Sunday service at St. John's Church, where every president since James Madison has worshipped. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** President Obama introduces former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as his nominee as the first director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on July 18, 2011 at the White House. (Associated Press)