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September 24th, 2012
10:37 AM ET

CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser on foreign policy in the 2012 race: 'dominating coverage'

Mitt Romney is promising to get more aggressive in the final weeks of the campaign following the media firestorm over his fundraiser comments. With just six weeks to go, the GOP nominee is promising to do less fund-raising and more meetings with the public. CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser weighs in live from Washington this morning.

Steinhauser says, the release of Romney’s hidden camera comments from a private fundraiser have “really altered the campaign trail.” Early Monday morning, the Obama campaign released a new ad targeting Mitt Romney on taxes and his “47%” comments. Romney, meanwhile, reiterated his new motto that he wants to help “100%” of Americans on an interview with CBS “60 Minutes”.

Foreign policy has also taken center stage in the 2012 election, particularly the attacks in Libya and the Middle East. When asked if recent protests are affecting the race Steinhauser says, “This is definitely dominating coverage.” He breaks down the polls showing voters support of how Obama is handling foreign policy issues. “One of those three presidential debates is focused entirely on foreign policy,” Steinhauser says. “So yes, it could very well play a role in dictating who wins on November 6.”

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