Awaiting the winner: Job woes, debt, war and more

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President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at Mentor High School, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, in Mentor, Ohio, before traveling to Milwaukee for another Campaign event. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The next president will be under fire to get millions of people back to work.

To shrink the soaring federal debt.

To end America's longest war.

To unite a divided country.

To prevent Iran from building a bomb that could unnerve the world.

And that's just what comes after the inauguration on Jan. 20.

The work that begins right after Tuesday's election could determine whether the White House and Congress can keep the country from plunging back into recession.

Without action, a battery of tax increases and spending will kick in come January.

Win or lose, President Barack Obama will still be in charge to deal with preventing this "fiscal cliff." But Republican Mitt Romney wants to have a significant stamp on the matter as president-elect if he wins.