WASHINGTON (AP) - Presidents like to take credit for economic recoveries, just as President Barack Obama is angling to do now.
His new 2014 federal budget blueprint asserts that he and congressional allies have "walked the economy back from the brink." Democrats hope these slow, uneven improvements will yield at least a small boost in 2014's elections.
That's a big order. Voters are quick to blame presidents when an economy goes bad, yet they rarely credit them for economic improvements.
And historical odds for midterm gains in Congress by the in-power party are slim. Since World War II, the party in the White House has lost an average of 26 Congressional seats in midterm elections.
Still, Democratic pollster and strategist Mark Mellman says the economy will be an important factor in 2014.
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