After a few laughs, Romney, Obama back to the fray

After a few laughs, Romney, Obama back to the fray

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US President Barack Obama, Republican US presidential candidate Mitt Romney and others attend the 67th annual Al Smith dinner at the Waldorf Astoria hotel October 18, 2012 in New York, New York. AFP PHOTO / Brendan SMIALOWSKI (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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by KASIE HUNT

Associated Press

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 7:27 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 14 at 11:13 AM

NEW YORK (AP) -- President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are returning to the sometimes-nasty rhetoric of a close presidential campaign after a brief truce, renewing their focus on two battleground states and preparing for next week’s final debate.

Romney and Obama mostly set aside their differences to poke fun of themselves and each other Thursday night at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner. On Friday, it’s back to campaigning in Florida and Virginia, two of just a handful of states that will decide the election, now less than three weeks away.

Obama was planning a speech at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., while Romney was flying to Daytona Beach, Fla., for a rally with running mate Paul Ryan.

And both candidates will be preparing this weekend for Monday’s foreign policy debate.

 

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