Campaign State of Play

September 15, 2012 - 12:36 PM
FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama, accompanied by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, speaks during a Transfer of Remains Ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., marking the return to the United States of the remains of the four Americans killed this week in Benghazi, Libya. Middle East violence is shaking up a U.S. presidential race that otherwise looks stubbornly stable _ and tight: President Barack Obama holds a tiny edge, Republican Mitt Romney seeks a break-through message, and three debates loom in the campaign's final seven weeks. Republicans and Democrats agree the election is likely to be decided on Obama's jobs-and-economy record, and both campaigns are entering a new campaign week working to shift the focus back to that issue. But foreign policy leaped to forefront of the campaign in recent days, as protestors attacked U.S. diplomats and missions in the Middle East. It's unclear when it will abate. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)