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.
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.
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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.