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Republican presidential candidate and Texas congressman Ron Paul at Iowa State University in Ames on Aug. 13, 2011. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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Ron Paul on 'Talk of the Nation'

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Campaign posters are seen in a snowbank outside a polling place in January 2008 in Manchester, N.H. Mario Tama/Getty Images hide caption

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During his three-day bus tour recently, President Obama discussed job creation. At one town hall, he mentioned a training program in Georgia that allows companies to train prospective employees temporarily while they still receive an unemployment check. Joe Raedle/Getty Images hide caption

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Republican presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry (left) shakes hands with a supporter as he goes onstage at the Polk County GOP summer picnic event held at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines on Saturday. Nati Harnik/AP hide caption

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President Obama addresses the 93rd American Legion National Convention at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Tuesday. Cory Ryan/Getty Images hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets veterans after addressing the national conference of the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Tuesday in San Antonio. Eric Gay/AP hide caption

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On Saturday, President Obama and FEMA administrator Craig Fugate attended a video teleconference led by FEMA as Irene made its way up the Eastern Seaboard. Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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