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The United States' 57th quadrennial presidential election took place in November 2012. Incumbent President and Democrat Barack Obama won election and is running for a second term. His major challenger was former Massachusetts Governor, Republican Mitt Romney. From January to June, Americans voted in nationwide state level primaries and caucuses, which serveed the purpose of selecting party representatives of states to be sent for the party convention. The key issues in this race for the White House were social issues including the state of the economy, abortion and contraception, gay marriage, and immigration.

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Jocular Obama trumps tycoon with Kenya gag

PUBLISHED : Friday, 26 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 26 October, 2012, 4:55am
 

President Barack Obama has lampooned Donald Trump, saying the tycoon's feud with him dated back to "when we were growing up together in Kenya".

Obama ribbed the flamboyant mogul during an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno after Trump revived the right-wing conspiracy theory that alleges the president was not born in the United States.

"This all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya," Obama joked. "We had constant run-ins on the soccer field. He wasn't very good and resented it," said Obama, who was born in Hawaii the son of a white American mother and Kenyan father.

"When we finally moved to America, I thought it would be over," the president said.

Trump has demanded Obama release his college and passport records, saying that if this happened by October 31 he would donate US$5 million to a charity of Obama's choice.

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