The Road to the White House

It's go time and with the 2012 presidential campaigns coming to a close, president Barack Obama and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney rally for last minute support for their bid at the White House.

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As the 2012 presidential campaigns come to a close, president Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney rallied for last minute support. Here, voter Dan Pasquarella fills out a ballot in Manchester, New Hampshire. Click through to see great photos of voters in action, the candidates and the long road that led the nation to election day.
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Under the lights of a generator, voters wait in line outside of a tent serving as a polling site in the Midland Beach section of Staten Island, New York, on Election Day. The original polling site was damaged by Superstorm Sandy.
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Voters fill out their ballots next to a space heater under a tent at a consolidated polling station for storm affected residents of the Rockaways on Election Day in the Queens borough of New York.
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Snow surrounds the polling precinct in Terra Alta, West Virginia, as Peter Hough heads to work after casting his ballot on Election Day.
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An unidentified woman cast her vote inside Woodley Hills Elementary School in Alexandria, Virginia.
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Republican presidential candidate, Gov. Mitt Romney and wife Ann Romney vote in Belmont, Massassachutes.
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President Barack Obama calls Wisconsin volunteers as he visits a campaign office call center on election day.
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Rocky Erickson casts a ballot at a polling place on Election Day in Billings, Montana.
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Voters wait their addresses to be checked at the polling station at Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC.
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US President Barack Obama calls volunteers from a campaign office in Columbus, Ohio. After a grueling 18-month battle, the final US campaign day arrived Monday for Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney, two men on a collision course for the world's top job.
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Recent polls show that U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney are in a tight race in the battleground state of Ohio. The candidates have attended hundreds of rallies, fundraisers and town halls, spent literally billions on attack ads and ground games, and squared off in three intense debates.
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Voters from areas affected by Superstorm Sandy line up to cast their ballots in the 2012 presidential election at the Southern Ocean County Resource Center in Manahawkin, NJ. The storm, which devastated East Coast communities with power outages, flooding and snow, had already disrupted early voting in MD, WV, NJ and NC.
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Voting machines rest under a tent that has become a make shift voting location at PS 180 in the Rockaway neighborhood of Queens, New York. Election officials ordered generators, moved voting locations and transported poll workers displaced from coastal areas, as the election is the latest challenge for states whacked by Superstorm Sandy.
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Voters cast their ballots at an elementary school on November 6, 2012 in Bowling Green, Ohio.
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Voters cast their ballots in a polling station at Wheaton High School in Silver Spring, Maryland. Americans headed to the polls on November 6, 2012 after a burst of last-minute campaigning by President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in a nail-biting contest unlikely to heal a deeply polarized nation.
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Supporters hold posters as US President Barack Obama speaks at his last campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa.
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People wait for the Port Royal Fire House polling station to open so they can cast their vote in the U.S. presidential race in Port Royal Virginia.
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Voters wait in front of the Mt. Pleasant Library in Cleveland, Ohio. Ohio is a state with 18 electoral votes, and is highly contested, where the race between US President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney is very close.
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A man casts his ballot using an electronic voting machine November 6, 2012 at an elementary school in Bowling Green, Ohio.
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Kayla Wannamaker, center watches her daughter, Alyvia Wannamaker, 1, as her husband Jake Wannamaker votes at the Clark County Elections office, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 in Vancouver, Wash.
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A ballot drop box was inundated with occasional lines of motorists waiting to drop their ballots off Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 in Vancouver, Wash.
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Sandy Wozny of Vancouver places her ballot in a ballot drop box Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 in Vancouver, Wash.
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A man waits his turn to vote at a Mobile Voting Precinct van Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, in Burlington, N.J. Many victims displaced by Superstorm Sandy are taking advantage of offers to vote early.
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A vote is cast on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 in Terre Haute, Ind. Early voting will take place in the Vigo County courthouse through noon Monday.
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A get out the vote sign made by Belinda Burrier, an election judge at Linganore Grange Hall in Unionville, Md.
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Union County residents wait in line inside the Union County courthouse in El Dorado, Ark. to cast their vote on the last day of early voting for the 2012 general election. There were 7,280 votes cast as of 11:00 a.m. with an hour wait time due to having only two voting machines to use.
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Republican candidate Mitt Romney holds a child at a campaign event.
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U.S. President Barack Obama greets supporters as he arrives for a campaign rally at Fifth Third Arena on the campus of the University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio. The tipping point state has a 50% chance of deciding the electoral vote, the New York Times reports.
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greets supporters as he poses with children during a campaign rally at the Hy Vee Center Des Moines, Iowa. With election day upon him, Romney is rallying support in swing states such as Iowa, Ohio, and Florida.
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U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a campaign rally at Springfield High School in Springfield, Ohio. With polls showing that a near tie between Obama and former Massachusetts governor, each candidate makes last minute efforts to convince voters to their side.
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a Florida campaign rally at Orlando Sanford International Airport, in Sanford, Florida. The state has always played a crucial part in past elections, and with the exception of two election years, since 1928, the winner of Florida wins the White House.
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U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a campaign rally in State Capitol Square in Concord, New Hampshire.
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With the marathon race to the White House just about about over, let's look back at some of the great campaign moments. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney waves as he arrives in his campaign bus in Doswell, Virginia. Click to see more great photos of the race to the White House.
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President Barack Obama reacts after realizing he dialed the wrong number while making calls from a local campaign field office during a unscheduled visit in Orlando, Florida.
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President Barack Obama holds a baby as he greets supporters during a campaign rally in Byrd Park in Richmond, Virginia.
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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney poses for a photo with workers as he makes an unscheduled stop at First Watch cafe and greets patrons in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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President Barack Obama embraces a supporter during a campaign event at Doolittle Park in Las Vegas.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney sits and talks to a customer at First Watch cafe in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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President Barack Obama greets local patron during an unannounced visit to Krispy Kreme Doughnuts shop, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012, in Tampa, Fla. Obama, who traveled to Florida for a campaign event nearby, surprised local patrons when he drove up in the morning.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event at Jet Machine, which supplies parts for the defense, aerospace, and oil and gas industry in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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President Barack Obama talks with Jay Leno during a commercial break during the taping of his appearance on NBC's "The Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.
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Foreign policy took the lead during the third and final debate between President Obama and Governor Romney. With just two weeks before Election Day, the latest NBC News polls show the candidates are virtually deadlocked.
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President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney shook hands following their third presidential debate at Lynn University. Most likely, it's the last time the men will see each other until after the November 6 election. The showdown did not match the intensity or aggression of their last meeting, but the arguments were no less sharp.
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When debating military spending, Mitt Romney pointed out that America has less ships than it did in 1916. Obama sharply replied, "we also have less horses and bayonets, and it should be about capability, not numbers." He continued, "this isn't a game of battleship."
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As the debate heated up, President Obama sharply challenged Mitt Romney on foreign affairs, saying "every time you've offered an opinion you've been wrong." The Republican nominee coolly responded, " Attacking me is not an agenda" for dealing with a dangerous world.
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As the debate draws to a close, President Barack Obama hugged his wife Michelle, and Republican nominee Mitt Romney kissed his wife Ann.
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President Barack Obama greeted even the tiniest members of the Romney family after the final debate.
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After shaking hands with Obama, Mitt and Ann Romney jokingly greeted the Lynn University audience.
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A woman walked past a television showing the third televised presidential debate at a restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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Obama and Romney greeted each other before the third and final presidential debate. The showdown was held in the critical toss-up state of Florida just 15 days before the election. It promised to be among the most watched 90 minutes of the entire 2012 campaign.
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As the candidates met for their third and final time, round three started with a handshake.
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Minutes before taking on President Obama for the last time, Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, watched as their grandchildren played with dominoes. Foreign policy was the main focus of the third face-off, held at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida.
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Sen. John Kerry is at Lynn University to catch all the action in the last presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama.
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Sen. John McCain waits to do a television interview before the final presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.
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Republican nominee Mitt Romney flipped a coin and then briefly watched a beach flag football game between the Traveling Press Corp and the Romney Campaign staff in Delray, Florida.
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President Barack Obama boards the Air Force One enroute to Boca Raton, where he'll debate Republican nominee Mitt Romney for the last presidential debate.
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Even presidential candidates need to eat. Mitt Romney talks with grandson Miles while having dinner at BurgerFi restaurant in Delray Beach, Florida.
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President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney laugh with Cardinal Timothy Dolan during the Annual Alfred. E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York. The white tie gala's been a candidate campaign stop since WWII.
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Romney relaxes in jeans while on his campaign plane at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia.
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Only Bruce Springsteen could turn former President Bill Clinton into the warm-up act. The Boss played favorites like "Thunder Road" and "We Take Care of Our Own" at a campaign event for President Obama in Ohio.
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Hours after his second debate against President Obama, Republican candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign event at Ida Lee Park.
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President Barack Obama talks with Jon Stewart during a taping of his appearance on "The Daily Show with John Stewart" Thursday, Oct. 18.
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An aggressive President Barack Obama and an energized Gov. Mitt Romney went after each other in a town hall style debate.
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President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney exchange views during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University.
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President Barack Obama answers a question as Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney listens during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University.
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President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney participate in the second presidential debate at the David Mack Center at Hofstra University.
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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney kisses wife Ann as he leaves the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Belmont, Mass.
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First Lady Michelle Obama campaigns for her husband, President Barack Obama, at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.
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Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. holds up what he said was his lucky buckeye that was given to him by Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, during a campaign rally at Lunken Airport in Cincinnati.
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Former President Bill Clinton speaks at a "Hoosier Common Sense" rally for Indiana Democratic Senate candidate Joe Donnelly, left, and Democratic Indiana gubernatorial candidate John Gregg, right, in Indianapolis.
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President Barack Obama arrives with pizza at an Organizing for America field office, Sunday, in Williamsburg, Va.
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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney picks up a baby as he campaigns at The Golden Lamb restaurant in Lebanon, Ohio.
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Vice President Joe Biden and Republican nominee Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin faced off, debating over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the likelihood of Iran developing nuclear weapons, medicare, and tax cuts.
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Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Rep. Paul Ryan seize the campaign spotlight during their only face-off of the 2012 race for the White House, debating in Dansville, Kentucky. Click to see more photos.
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The showdown matches up two skilled politicians. Their debating styles may be different, but both share strong policy credentials.
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Instantly, the duo were at odds. Republican Paul Ryan cited the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens as evidence that the current administration's foreign policy is unraveling.
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Biden repeatedly accused Ryan of misstating the facts-at one point even erupting "this is a bunch of stuff."
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The two men tangled over the administrative steps needed to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, with the 42-year-old Wisconsin congressman saying the country's "four years closer" as President Obama's term comes to an end.
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But, Joe Biden shot back, "That is a bunch of malarkey...Not a single thing he said is true."
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The Vice President match-up took place a little more than a week after Obama and Romney met in their first of three debates. Although the Republican presidential nominee was not at the debate, Romney watched Ryan from his North Carolina hotel room.
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Following his heated debate with Vice President Biden, Paul Ryan kisses his wife, Janna.
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President Barack Obama speaks at a campaign event at The Ohio State University Oval, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.
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President Barack Obama greets people as he arrives at Rickenbacker Inland Port on Air Force One, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio.
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Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. pays for the ice cream he purchased for himself and a reporter at Old Farmers Creamery in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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Former Gov. Mitt Romney eats ice cream after making a stop at Millie's before a fundraising event on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 in Nantucket, Mass.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Sidney, Ohio, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.
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First Lady Michelle Obama speaks to grassroots supporters in Loudoun County on behalf of her husband US President Barack Obama during a campaign rally at the Leesburg, Virginia Country Fairgrounds.
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Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney say he can "Count on Ohio!" During his first debate against President Obama, Romney said if elected he'd cut PBS funds. Since then, the Sesame Street references have been non stop.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pays for his dinner at Wendy's in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio as he continues to campaign for the 2012 presidential elections.
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US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (C) shakes hands with supporters after delivering remarks on the James Koch Farm in Van Meter, Iowa.
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US President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign event at Ohio State University.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, insist on paying for their order during an unscheduled stop at La Teresita, a Cuban restaurant, in Tampa, Fla., Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.
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President Barack Obama waves during a campaign event in Fairfax, Virginia. After what some are calling a lackluster debate performance against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Obama's campaign was buoyed by recent jobs numbers. They showed a drop in the unemployment rate from 8.1 to 7.8 percent. Click to see the candidates on the road to the White House.
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A protester dressed up as "Big Bird" from Sesame Street, holds up a sign saying "Cut Big Oil Not PBS" as the motorcade of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney drives by. During the first presidential debate, the former governor explained he'd cut non-essential items in the budget. "I'm sorry Jim. I'm gonnna stop the subsidy to PBS," said Romney. "I like PBS; I like Big Bird, I actually do."
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Just one day after the first presidential debate, Republican candidate Mitt Romney campaigns with vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan in Fishersville, Virginia. At the rally, he addresses his disparaging remarks about the 47% of Americans who don't pay their federal income taxes as "just completely wrong," says the Associated Press.
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President Barack Obama greets supporters during a campaign event at Sloan's Lake Park in Denver. Speaking just 13 hours after the first presidential debate, Obama discusses his plain to restore the middle class.
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US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets policemen before boarding his campaign plane.
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President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney, met in their first debate and argued about healthcare, taxes, and the country's future.
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Here, the pair congratulate one another after finishing the first presidential debate of 2012.
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President Barack Obama hugs First lady Michelle Obama after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver. The occasion also marked the couple's 20th wedding anniversary.
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Following the debate's conclusion, former Governor Mitt Romney also hugged his wife, Ann.
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After the first presidential debate, former Gov. Mitt Romney and his family chatted with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle.
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Following the debate, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney congratulated First Lady Michelle on her 20th wedding anniversary, while President Barack Obama greeted the governor's grandson, Nick.
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US President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney shake hands moments before the start of the first presidential debate in Denver, Colorado.
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From a restaurant in San Diego, John Rossitto is one of the 58 million people to watch the first presidential debate.
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First lady Michelle Obama reacts after Jim Lehrer asked about spending her wedding anniversary at the first presidential debate. "I told Barack, 'This, you know, attending a presidential debate on my 20th anniversary is probably the worst way for me to spend it.' ... I get so nervous at these debates," she said in a recent interview with CNN.
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First lady Michelle Obama greets Ann Romney before the first presidential debate at the University of Denver. Considering the nature of their brief encounter, it could have made for one awkward moment. But, both ladies appear cordial.
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, talks to attendees before the debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney at the University of Denver. The debate offers the candidates the chance to distinguish themselves on the issue Americans say matters most-the economy.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann watch their family play a game of Janga before the big debate.
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney poses for a photo with workers as he makes an unscheduled stop at a Chipotle restaurant in Denver, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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US President Obama took time out from debate preparation to visit the Hoover Dam.
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US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pets a dog after leaving the Denver Chipotle.
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With just days to go before the first presidential debate of 2012, Republican candidate Mitt Romney hands out beef jerky to journalists on board his campaign plane at the Philadelphia International Airport. As the election polls show a narrowing path to victory for the Republican nominee, Romney warned a second Obama term would be subsumed by economic malaise as he tried to draw the battle away from his own perceived missteps and back to the president's economic record.
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US President Barack Obama waves with Latin pop band "Mana" during a campaign event at Desert Pines High School Campaign in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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Republican U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign rally at SeaGate Convention Centre as a national debt clock runs in the background.
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US President Barack Obama waves at supporters after speaking at a campaign rally at the Bowling Green State University.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets a group of World War II and Korean War veterans who have returned from a day trip to Washington, DC, at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton, Ohio.
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden greets people during a campaign event at the Century Village Clubhouse in Boca Raton, Florida. Biden continues to campaign across the country before the general election.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves as he arrives at a campaign rally at SeaGate Convention Centre in Toledo, Ohio.
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First lady Michelle Obama speaks to students during a rally at the McLeod Center on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa. Iowa has begun its early voting in select locations throughout the state.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney continues to campaign for the White House in the battleground state of Pennsylvania during a rally at Valley Forge Military Academy and College.
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US President Barack Obama delivers his address during the 67th United Nations General Assembly meeting at the United Nations in New York. Obama demanded "sanctions and consequences" for atrocities in Syria and said President Bashar al-Assad's rule must come to an end. "The future must not belong to a dictator who massacres his people," Obama told the UN General Assembly in a keynote address.
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While campaigning in New York City, President Obama and First Lady Michelle stopped by "The View" before attending the United Nations General Assembly. Click to see more great photos from the campaign trail.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and running mate Paul Ryan attend a campaign rally at the Dayton International Airport in Vandalia, Ohio.
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US President Barack Obama and former US President Clinton share a quick hug during the Clinton Global Initiative annual meeting in New York. Obama spoke about international issues, including modern day slavery.
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Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan hugs waitress, Lourdes Alcerro, during a campaign stop at Versailles restaurant in the Little Havana neighborhood in Miami, Florida.
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President Obama holds up a baby as he greets people during a campaign rally in Woodbridge, Virginia. Obama spoke about the economy as he continued to campaign for his second term in the White House.
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As Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney continues his two-day "Romney Plan For A Stronger Middle Class" bus tour in the state of Ohio, the Republican candidate speaks during a roundtable discussion with business leaders at American Spring Wire in Bedford Heights, Ohio.
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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden salutes a World War II veteran during a campaign event at the Chesterfield Country Fairgrounds in Virginia. Virginia is one of the key battleground states in the presidential election and candidates from both parties have spent significant amounts of time there.
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Escorted by CEO Tim Selhorst, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney takes a tour of Ohio's American Spring Wire.
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President Barack Obama speaks to supporters at the Stroh Center in Bowling Green, Ohio. With just six days before early voting starts in Ohio, the President discusses his plan to pay down the debt in a balanced way.
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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney attends a rally in Pueblo, Colorado.
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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney greets supporters during a campaign stop at D'Evelyn High School in Denver. Click to see more great photos from the campaign trail.
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President Barack Obama swings with an imaginary bat as he arrives onstage to speak at a campaign event at G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium in Woodbridge, Va.
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Former Governor Mitt Romney arrives at Salt Lake City International Airport during a visit to Utah for a pair of fundraisers in Salt Lake City.
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President Barack Obama boards Air Force One in Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to Florida.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shows his grandchildren his campaign charter plane in Salt Lake City. Pictured left to right: Owen, 5, Gracie, 9, Wyatt, 7, Nash, 3, and Sawyer, 1.
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President Barack Obama talks with David Letterman on the set of the "Late Show With David Letterman" at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney puts his hand on his heart during a moment of silence for the embassy officials killed in Libya as he campaigns in the rain at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio.
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Vice President Joe Biden reaches out to hold 4-month-old Simon Hamill of Eau Claire, Wis. after Biden's campaign event at the Zorn Arena on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus.
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Supporters bow their heads as former Governor Mitt Romney holds a moment of silence for the embassy officials killed in Libya as he campaigns in the rain at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio.
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Mona Renee Johnson cries as President Barack Obama speaks about Libya during a campaign event at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas.
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Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan serves lasagna during a lunch with firefighters in Oak Creek, Wis.
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U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle observe a moment of silence with White House staffers to mark the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
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While campaigning in Virginia, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney makes a pit stop for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. During a rain delay, he signs a car with a Romney/Ryan '12 logo.
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Working with the momentum from the Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama is on a two-day campaign swing from one side of Florida to the other on the politically important I-4 corridor.
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During a Victory Rally in New Hampshire, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds up a supporter's license plate reading "MITT12."
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President Barack Obama makes a phone call to a supporter during a visit to the Obama for American campaign field office in Port St. Lucie, Florida.
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Ann Romney, wife of US Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, waves to the crowd before speaking at a "Women For Mitt Rally" in Leesburg, Virginia.
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After speaking at a campaign rally in Virginia, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets even his youngest supporters.
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Former Governor Mitt Romney isn't the only candidate with pint-sized supporters. President Barack Obama is winning hearts of the young, too.
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Vice President Joe Biden cozied up with a female biker during a stop at Cruisers Diner in Seaman, Ohio. When Biden entered the diner he asked the bikers if he they'd lend him one of their motorcycles, "Probably not," Jeff Cook, one of the bikers, said. The vice president responded laughing, "Probably not."
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President Barack Obama is picked-up and lifted off the ground by Scott Van Duzer, owner of Big Apple Pizza and Pasta Italian Restaurant during an unannounced campaign stop in Ft. Pierce, Florida. Click to see photos from the 2012 Obama and Romney campaigns.
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Supporters of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wait for him to leave his campaign headquarters in Boston.
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President Barack Obama officially accepted the Democratic nomination for president, closing out the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney delivered his nomination acceptance speech during the final day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on Aug. 30, 2012.
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U.S. President Bill Clinton gave a rousing speech during day two of the Democratic National Convention. He told Americans, “We simply cannot afford to turn the reins of government over to someone who will double down on trickle-down.”
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan waved from the stage at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida, on the final day of the Republican National Convention.
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As perhaps the biggest surprise of the RNC, Oscar-winning actor Clint Eastwood revved up the crowd during an unusual appearance during the final day of the Republican National Convention. Speaking to an empty chair next to him on stage, which was meant to represent President Barack Obama, Eastwood carried on an imaginary conversation mocking the President and Vice President Biden.
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush gave an impassioned speech against President Barack Obama's policies of the past four years at the 2012 RNC in Tampa, Florida.
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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney kissed his wife, Ann Romney on stage during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 201. It was the first full session of the RNC after the start was delayed due to Tropical Storm Isaac.
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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie arrives to speak to delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
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Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Florida.
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US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife leave Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Tropical Storm Isaac threatened Monday to steal the media spotlight from Romney and overshadow the convention that will crown him the nominee.
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President Barack Obama pauses during an interview with The Associated Press at the White House. Obama talked about the presidential race and Republican challenger Mitt Romney ahead of the GOP convention opening Aug. 27, 2012, in Tampa, Fla.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney stops at Millie's to talk with voters before attending a fundraising event in Nantucket, Mass.
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President Barack Obama wipes sweat from his forehead while speaking to supporters during a campaign stop in Windham, N.H.
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Republican vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., right, introduces his mother, Betty Ryan Douglas, to supporters at a campaign rally in The Villages, Fla.
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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michele Obama during a mid-August campaign stop in Davenport, Iowa.
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks to traveling press secretary Rick Gorka on the campaign charter flight before departure from Port Columbus International airport in Columbus, Ohio.
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At a campaign stop Virginia, Vice President Joe Biden stirred up controversy when he said that a win for Mitt Romney would put them all "back in chains." The VP traveled to southern and southwestern Virginia to discuss the choice voters have between two fundamental differences in visions of how to grow the economy, create middle-class jobs and pay down the debt.
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Cole Nelson, nine months, held by his mother Deborah Nelson, inspects President Barack Obama's face while the president campaigns at the Iowa State Fair.
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Former Governor Mitt Romney greets supporters at a campaign event at El Palacio de los Jugos near Miami, Florida.
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Vice Presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, waves to supporters as he enters during a campaign rally in Lakewood, Colo., Tuesday, Aug. 14.
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Republican vice presidential candidate and Wisconsin native Rep. Paul Ryan wipes away tears as he and presidential candidate Mitt Romney greet supporters during a campaign event at the Waukesha Expo Center in Wisconsin on August 12. Romney continues his four day bus tour a day after announcing his running mate.
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US President Barack Obama greets the audience at a campaign event in Chicago on August 12. Obama welcomed Paul Ryan into the US election, but warned that the Republican vice presidential pick was an "articulate" spokesman for a vision he fundamentally opposes.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney introduces Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his choice for Vice President. Ryan is a seven-term congressman, is chairman of the House Budget Committee and is said to provide a strong contrast to the Obama administration on fiscal policy.
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President Barack Obama greets a crowd of people after arriving at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago to campaign.
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In an editorial that ran shortly before the VP announcement, the Wall Street Journal praised Ryan as a strong choice for Romney. The whip-smart congressman is from a battleground state, he's the GOP's leading voice on the nation's budget, and is the rare member of the Republican establishment who's loved by the tea party.
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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden take their seats as they attend an Olympic men's basketball exhibition game between Brazil and Team USA in Washington.
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President Barack Obama chats with patrons during an unscheduled campaign stop at Lechonera El Barrio quick service cafe in Orlando, Florida.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney visits a corn field with Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and farmer Lemar Koethe in Des Moines, Iowa.
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President Barack Obama made a campaign stop at the Palace of Agriculture on the Colorado State Fairgrounds on Aug. 9 to discuss paying down our debt in a balanced way, job growth, and preventing a scheduled tax increase.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney poses nest to a bust of famed baseball announcer Harry Caray after a private fundraising event at Harry Caray's Italian Steakhouse restaurant in Chicago in August.
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President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to deliver remarks during a campaign event in Leesburg, Virginia.
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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and wife Ann Romney arrive for the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
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President Barack Obama meets with U.S. Paralympic Swim Team Captain Michael Prout during a surprise visit to the their training center in Colorado Springs.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses the crowd during a campaign event with Republican governors at Basalt Public High School in Basalt, Colorado, after returning from a six-day overseas trip to England, Israel and Poland.
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President Barack Obama orders lunch during a stop at the Skyline Chili restaurant in Cincinnati, Ohio, on July 16.
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Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney speaks with Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer as he campaigns with Republican governors at Basalt Public High School, in Basalt, Colorado.
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President Barack Obama holds a campaign event at Prime Osborn Convention Center in Jacksonville, Florida, in late July.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney meets with Poland's former president Lech Walesa during a trip to Poland.
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President Barack Obama embraces player Tamika Catchings while greeting the Olympics-bound U.S. women's national basketball team on July 16, 2012.
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President Obama waves to visitors before boarding Marine One and departing the White House for a fundraising event in Connecticut.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney places a prayer note as he visits the Western Wall in Jerusalem on July 29.
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President Obama ate with veterans Thomas Foellers, Dean Dilley and Mark Peterson at the Gateway Breakfast House during a July 24 trip to Portland, Oregon.
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Former Governor Mitt Romney campaigns at Stepto's BBQ Shack in Evansville, Ind.
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President Obama picks out a watermelon with the help of Sandra and William Berry, owners of Berry's Produce, during a July 14 visit to Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a campaign event in Stamford, Connecticut, on August 6.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney enjoys some fast food as he speaks to reporters aboard his campaign plane before taking off on August 2 in Golden, Colorado.
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Nicholas Mrakovcic reaches out to shake hands with President Barack Obama at JFK International Airport in New York before the president traveled to Connecticut for a fundraising event.
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With the Capitol in the background, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks about the Supreme Court's health care ruling saying, "What the Court did not do on its last day in session, I will do on my first day, if elected president of the United States, and that is I will act to repeal Obamacare.”
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President Barack Obama on health care: "After a century of striving, after a year of debate, after a historic vote, health care reform is no longer an unmet promise. It is the law of the land."
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney walks the rope line during the Fourth of July parade in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.
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President Barack Obama holds 9-month-old Nathan Maxwell Johnson of Youngstown, Ohio, following his "Betting on America" presidential re-election campaign tour.
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Supporters of republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney reach out to shake his hand during a campaign stop in Council Bluffs, Iowa.
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President Barack Obama campaigns during a downpour at the historic Walkerton Tavern & Gardens in Glen Allen, Virginia.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shows his support for the Boston Celtics with wife Ann before an NBA first-round playoff game against the Atlanta Hawks.
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Linda Hundt, owner of Sweetie-licious Bakery, laughs as Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney takes a bite of cherry pie during a campaign stop at in DeWitt, Michigan, in June.
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President Barack Obama leaves Air Force One on return to Washington at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney talks with Jay Leno on "The Tonight Show." Romney's aides dispatched him to show the with these instructions: "Don't try and be funny."
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The First Family leaves Air Force One after arriving at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.
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Former Governor Mitt Romney pauses while speaking at a primary election night rally in Milwaukee, Tuesday, April 3, after he won the Wisconsin Republican presidential primary.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney declares victory in the Wisconsin presidential primary on April 3 at the Grain Exchange in Milwaukee.
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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has suspended his campaign for the nomination. "This Presidential Race is Over for Me" Mr. Santorum said. He is seen here speaking at a campaign rally in Wisconsin.
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Ron Paul, Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich watch as Rick Santorum speaks at a debate on Feb. 22. "Here's where I differentiate myself from everybody else, including, obviously, the president," he said. "I actually have experience on tackling the toughest problems that we have in this country, and that's the growth of entitlement spending."
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann wave to a crowd in Schaumburg, Ill., after Romney won the Illinois Republican presidential primary on Tuesday, March 20.
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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer talks with President Barack Obama at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport on January 25. Brewer said: "He was a little disturbed about my book." She recently published "Scorpions for Breakfast," a memoir of sorts that defends her signing Arizona's controversial immigration law, which Obama opposes.
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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, greets the Fisher family backstage prior to a campaign rally in Elko, Nev., on Feb. 3.
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Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum argue a point during a Republican presidential debate on Feb. 22.
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Former Governor Mitt Romney, waves before addressing an audience during a campaign event, in Warwick, R.I., on April 11.
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Republican presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, speaks to supporters during his caucus night party Tuesday, Feb. 7.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, greets supporters at his Florida primary primary night rally in Tampa, Fla., Tuesday, Jan. 31.
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In Tampa, Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann were jubilant after Romney's projected Florida primary win.
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Gov. Mitt Romney speaks at a campaign event, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, in Paradise Valley, Ariz.
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Republican presidential candidate former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a "We the People" Presidential Forum at VFW Post in Hudson, N.H., on Sunday, Dec. 11, 2011.
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Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum reacts after throwing a strike while playing bowling after a campaign rally in Sheboygan, Wis.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks to a crowd of workers from a natural gas drilling rig during a campaign event in Shreveport, Louisiana.
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Etch a Sketch boards became a campaign prop after Mitt Romney's longtime aide Eric Fehrnstrom made a gaffe while talking about shifting messages between the primaries and the general election. "You can kind of shake it up, and we start all over again," Fehrnstrom said.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters during a campaign stop in Metairie, La. on March 23, one day before the predominantly conservative state of Louisiana held its closed primary.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann wave to a crowd during a election night rally in Schaumburg, Ill., on the night of the Illinois Republican primary, which Romney won.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the University of Chicago head of the March 20 primary in Illinois — Obama's home state, which has more delegates at stake than any state so far this year except Georgia.
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Former Governor Mitt Romney lifts 8-month-old Gavin Woodford, of Rockford, Ill., during a campaign stop in Rockford.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney displays a drawing of his likeness during a campaign stop in Rockford, Ill. The drawing was made by 15-year-old Jessica Fluegel, of Belvidere, Ill., who showed it to Romney during the campaign event.
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Former Gov. Mitt Romney shops for produce during a campaign stop in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. That evening he was declared the projected winner of the primary there after taking in more than half of the popular vote, thereby picking up all 20 of Puerto Rico's delegates.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is interviewed by Megyn Kelly during a segment of "America Live" on the Fox News Channel in New York.
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On his status as an "unofficial southerner," former Gov. Mitt Romney told the crowd of supporters at the Port of Pascagoula, Miss.: "I am learning to say y'all and I like grits, and ... strange things are happening to me."
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets supporters at the end of his campaign rally in Boston on March 6. Romney had six wins on Super Tuesday, taking Massachusetts as well as Alaska, Idaho, Virginia, Vermont, and — the night's big win — Ohio.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann talk to reporters on their campaign plane in Columbus, Ohio before taking off for Boston on Super Tuesday.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann meet two of Romney's younger supporters while greeting the crowd at a campaign stop in Knoxville, Tenn. on March 4.
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Ron Paul shakes hands with two of his younger supporters as he greets people at the Washington state caucus on March 3.
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A supporter used his iPad to photograph former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney greeting supporters at American Posts in Toledo, Ohio on February 29.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney celebrates with his son Tagg in his home state of Michigan after winning primaries in the Great Lakes state and Arizona on February 28.
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Ron Paul waits backstage as he prepares to speak at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho on February 18.
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Callista Gingrich, wife of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, meets with Republican supporters at a Smashburger restaurant in San Diego on February 14.
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Newt Gingrich holds up a sign made by a supporter during a campaign rally in Tampa, Florida. The Massachusetts health care overhaul that took place while Romney was governor — an overhaul on which President Obama's federal health care reform was partly based — is hugely unpopular with many conservatives.
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Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista pray during a campaign event at the The Villages in Lady Lake, Florida on January 29. Gingrich only recently announced the end of his campaign and endorsed Mitt Romney on May 2nd.
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The GOP presidential candidates — from left, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Gov. Mitt Romney and Ron Paul — stand for the national anthem just before their debate at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville on January 26.
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President Barack Obama reaches to high-five someone in the crowd as he leaves a rally at the University of Washington in Seattle on October 21, 2010. Obama spoke earlier at a private home about women and the economy before headlining the rally for Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
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Mitt Romney's and Newt Gingrich's sparring dominated the debate at the University of South Florida in Tampa just before the Florida primary.
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at National Gypsum Company in Tampa, Florida on January 24.
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Republican presidential candidate and Texas Gov. Rick Perry pauses while announcing he is suspending his campaign and endorsing Newt Gingrich on January 19 in North Charleston, S.C. Perry, who came in sixth in New Hampshire, withdrew from the race and endorsed Newt Gingrich on January 19, 2012.
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Republican presidential candidate and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman announces he is ending his campaign on January 16 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
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Rick Perry and Mitt Romney speak during a break in the Fox News/Google debate in Orlando, Florida on September 22, 2011. The two repeatedly clashed during the primary debates.
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The GOP field has been substantially whittled down since last fall, with former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, businessman Herman Cain and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman the earlier candidates to drop out of the race.
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Republican presidential candidates, from left, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas., stand together before a Republican presidential candidate debate at the Reagan Library on Sept. 7, 2011.
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Michele Bachmann sparked controversy during her campaign when she said, "Marriage, historically, for all human history has been between a man and a woman. It hasn't been the same-sex marriage and remember that in Iowa, it was judges that made the decision—not the legislature, which are the people's representatives, and certainly, not the people."
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Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Red State Gathering on Aug. 13, 2011. A staunch conservative, Perry made waves when he said: "I am a firm believer in intelligent design as a matter of faith and intellect, and I believe it should be presented in schools alongside the theories of evolution.”
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Jim Perin holds his grand daughter, Noel Perin as they wait to listen to Republican presidential candidate, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speak during a campaign event at Dolphin Aviation on January 24, 2012 in Sarasota, Florida.
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