Republican presidential candidates (from left) Rep. Michele Bachmann, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Gov. Rick Perry cover their hearts during the playing of the national anthem before a Republican presidential debate on Sept. 12. Chris O'Meara/AP hide caption

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President Obama listens to questions during a Monday town hall meeting in Decorah, Iowa. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Supporters take photos of President Obama at a fundraising kickoff event in Chicago in April. During the heated debate over the debt ceiling, the president canceled several fundraisers in order to focus on negotiations. Nam Y. Huh/AP hide caption

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Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann (R-MN), greets Ellie Joy Matthews, 11, of Kansas City, Mo., as she and her family hold signs supporting a balanced budget amendment on Monday, just before the House would vote to pass debt legislation. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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