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In a nationally televised press conference, Clinton conceded that the midterm elections would be "extremely contentious" and called on Republicans to stop obstructing Democratic initiatives "every step of the way" after the election. Owed more credit, according to the Prez: his handling of the economic recovery, deficit reduction and student loans, to name a few. "Almost always at midterm the incumbent President's party loses seats. That's partly because there's a lag between when you do something and when people feel it," he said.