Pace of baby-making could hold clues to economy, presidential race | Fox News: The fertility rate has long been linked by economists to the health of the economy. It's unclear what that rate will be come election day -- but right now, projections show confidence is down in an historic way. If the trend holds, it's another sign that President Obama will have to counter a pessimistic mood to win a second term. The U.S. fertility rate has declined steadily since reaching an all-time high in 2007.
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