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September 25th, 2012
10:24 AM ET

CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby on foreign policy in the Romney campaign: 'taken over the economy'

Foreign policy is the focal issue in New York City and the election now with the opening of the U.N. General Assembly underway today. President Obama will be under scrutiny while delivering two speeches today, one at the U.N. General Assembly and the other following a speech by Mitt Romney at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting. CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby reports live from Washington with details.

Romney is taking the opportunity to distance himself from his recent gaffes and target Obama on his foreign policy. “This has really taken over the economy as the main thrust of the Romney campaign message,” Hamby says. “The goal here is to paint President Obama as weak, as projecting weakness overseas.”

Hamby also touches on the president’s address to the U. N. General Assembly today. He has an advantage and a burden as president today. “The president has to sooth anxieties both here and overseas about the Middle East. But, you know, politically, he gets to look presidential,” Hamby says. “Mitt Romney doesn’t get to step in front of the U.N. General Assembly, the president does.”

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