He was handed an economy growing at 4% and looks as if he will have 1% in his final year.Didn't say they weren't. In what way does it invalidate the claim that they "make this a difficult election for the Dems to win" ?
As for 2. : consult the historical record.
I don't need to trawl history to know that is not a positive for him
"We were top of table when I was appointed and I have managed to keep us out of relegation zone"