PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN-STATE OF PLAY
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Middle East violence is shaking up a presidential race that otherwise looks stubbornly stable, and tight.
President Barack Obama holds a tiny edge, Mitt Romney is seeking a break-through message, and three debates are ahead in the final seven weeks.
Republicans and Democrats agree the election probably will be decided on Obama's jobs-and-economy record. Both campaigns are gearing up for the new week by trying to shift the focus back to that issue.
But foreign policy grabbed the attention when protesters attacked U.S. diplomats and missions in the Mideast, and it's unclear when it will recede.
Obama is launching an aggressive effort to convince voters in the most competitive states that his economic policies are working and that Romney is risking the recovery with a plan that caters to millionaires.
OLDSMAR, Fla. (AP) -- Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan thinks the Federal Reserve is making a mistake in its new effort to prop up the economy.
Ryan spoke to a rally along Tampa Bay's shore Saturday. He said the Federal Reserve's plan to spend $40 billion a month to buy mortgage bonds in an effort to keep interest rates low won't work.
He said it will help banks and Wall Street but not people. He called the idea "sugar-high economics." Ryan's comments came during a speech that often criticized President Barack Obama's economic policies.
The Wisconsin congressman and top budget writer in the House said Obama inherited a bad situation and made it worse.
He stressed how important Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, is in electing GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
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