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              FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama laughs as he talks with people during a visit to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. Call it the campaign trail scht

    FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama laughs as he talks with people during a visit to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. Call it the campaign trail scht

    Posted: 10/5/2012 2:48:23 PM EST
    FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama laughs as he talks with people during a visit to the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. Call it the campaign trail schtick. Have you heard the one about the kid who thinks President Barack Obama's job is to "approve this message?" Or the time Mitt Romney compared another presidential run to giving birth? The jokes at presidential fundraisers and rallies are easy applause lines for Obama and Romney, a way to keep supporters entertained before more weighty subjects like Medicare, taxes and foreign policy. A good sense of humor has served presidential candidates well in the past. So it's little wonder why both Obama and Romney are using the same technique. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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              FILE - In this July 30, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have a beer with Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., second from left, and Cambridge, Mas

    FILE - In this July 30, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have a beer with Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., second from left, and Cambridge, Mas

    Posted: 9/1/2012 4:28:36 PM EST
    FILE - In this July 30, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have a beer with Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., second from left, and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Obama and his team frequently talk about the president's fondness for beer, and Obama has been photographed many times downing a beer, including an appearance at the Iowa State Fair last month. Being identified as a beer drinker is an easy way for Obama to connect with votes and serves as a not-so-subtle reminder that his Republican rival Mitt Romney, a Mormon, doesn't drink. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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              FILE - In this July 5, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama has a beer as he talks with patrons as he stops for a beer at Ziggy's Pub and Restaurant in Amherst, Ohio. Obama and his t

    FILE - In this July 5, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama has a beer as he talks with patrons as he stops for a beer at Ziggy's Pub and Restaurant in Amherst, Ohio. Obama and his t

    Posted: 9/1/2012 4:28:36 PM EST
    FILE - In this July 5, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama has a beer as he talks with patrons as he stops for a beer at Ziggy's Pub and Restaurant in Amherst, Ohio. Obama and his team frequently talk about the president's fondness for beer, and Obama has been photographed many times downing a beer, including an appearance at the Iowa State Fair last month. Being identified as a beer drinker is an easy way for Obama to connect with votes and serves as a not-so-subtle reminder that his Republican rival Mitt Romney, a Mormon, doesn't drink. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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              FILE - In this July 16, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama sips his beer as he watches Team USA and Brazil during the first half of an Olympic men's exhibition basketball game, in

    FILE - In this July 16, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama sips his beer as he watches Team USA and Brazil during the first half of an Olympic men's exhibition basketball game, in

    Posted: 9/1/2012 4:28:36 PM EST
    FILE - In this July 16, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama sips his beer as he watches Team USA and Brazil during the first half of an Olympic men's exhibition basketball game, in Washington. Obama and his team frequently talk about the president's fondness for beer, and Obama has been photographed many times downing a beer, including an appearance at the Iowa State Fair last month. Being identified as a beer drinker is an easy way for Obama to connect with votes and serves as a not-so-subtle reminder that his Republican rival Mitt Romney, a Mormon, doesn't drink. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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              FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama stops for a beer at The Pump House, a pub and grill, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Obama and his team frequently talk about the p

    FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama stops for a beer at The Pump House, a pub and grill, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Obama and his team frequently talk about the p

    Posted: 9/1/2012 4:23:35 PM EST
    FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama stops for a beer at The Pump House, a pub and grill, in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Obama and his team frequently talk about the president's fondness for beer, and Obama has been photographed many times downing a beer, including an appearance at the Iowa State Fair last month. Being identified as a beer drinker is an easy way for Obama to connect with votes and serves as a not-so-subtle reminder that his Republican rival Mitt Romney, a Mormon, doesn't drink. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
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              Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., makes an appearance at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

    Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., makes an appearance at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

    Posted: 8/14/2012 3:13:42 AM EST
    Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., makes an appearance at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)
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              President Barack Obama is given an Iowa State Fair hat as he visits the Iowa State Fair, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa. The president is on a three-day campaign bus tour th

    President Barack Obama is given an Iowa State Fair hat as he visits the Iowa State Fair, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa. The president is on a three-day campaign bus tour th

    Posted: 8/13/2012 10:53:24 PM EST
    President Barack Obama is given an Iowa State Fair hat as he visits the Iowa State Fair, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in Des Moines, Iowa. The president is on a three-day campaign bus tour through Iowa. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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              A protestor, center, heckles Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., during his appearance at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. (AP Photo

    A protestor, center, heckles Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., during his appearance at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. (AP Photo

    Posted: 8/13/2012 5:23:30 PM EST
    A protestor, center, heckles Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., during his appearance at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)
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              Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. makes an appearance at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012.  (AP Photo/Conrad Schmidt)

    Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. makes an appearance at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Conrad Schmidt)

    Posted: 8/13/2012 4:43:35 PM EST
    Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. makes an appearance at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Conrad Schmidt)
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              Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., accompanied by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, left, speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012.  (AP P

    Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., accompanied by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, left, speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. (AP P

    Posted: 8/13/2012 3:48:36 PM EST
    Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., accompanied by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, left, speaks at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Conrad Schmidt)
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              Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. makes an appearance at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012.  (AP Photo/Conrad Schmidt)

    Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. makes an appearance at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Conrad Schmidt)

    Posted: 8/13/2012 3:48:36 PM EST
    Republican Vice Presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. makes an appearance at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. (AP Photo/Conrad Schmidt)
  •  - Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin and her husband Todd visit the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines

    Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin and her husband Todd visit the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines

    Posted: 1/30/2012 4:53:49 PM EST
    Former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin and her husband Todd visit the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa, August 12, 2011. REUTERS/Jim Young
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    Posted: 1/4/2012 4:55:45 AM EST
    Occupy protesters, left, disrupt the speech of Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, as he campaigns during an event honoring veterans at the Iowa State Fair Grounds in Des Moines, Iowa, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 12/3/2011 1:55:46 PM EST
    FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., campaigns at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. . Campaigning across Iowa, Bachmann frequently reminds voters she is a native. But that does not explain the route she has traveled: from Waterloo, a manufacturing city of 68,000 where she was born 55 years ago in a Democratic-voting family with union roots, to congresswoman from the St. Paul area whose personal and political life have been shaped by her embrace of evangelical Christianity and later, a highly combative brand of conservatism. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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    Posted: 11/25/2011 3:55:46 AM EST
    FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential hopeful former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista buy a pork chop lunch as they campaign at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. Gingrich has never been a conventional Republican and he certainly doesn't see it as the way to catch Mitt Romney. He's not backing away from his unorthodox stand on immigration, which critics call amnesty. But party insiders wonder if a thrice-married, 68-year-old with a multimillion-dollar Freddie Mac contract is the best choice to face President Barack Obama. Gingrich has never been a conventional Republican and he certainly doesn't see it as the way to catch Mitt Romney. He's not backing away from his unorthodox stand on immigration, which critics call amnesty. But party insiders wonder if a thrice-married, 68-year-old with a multimillion-dollar Freddie Mac contract is the best choice to face President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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    Posted: 11/19/2011 3:10:46 PM EST
    FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2011, file photo Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, campaigns at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. Perry has gone from presidential front-runner to underdog in a flash, yet he acts as though he has nothing to lose. Perhaps he's used to being counted out, thought he hasn't lost an election in his 26 years in public office. Or perhaps he never expected to be where he is today: a farm kid who became the longest-serving governor of Texas, who sill has a shot at winning the Republican nomination. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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    Posted: 11/17/2011 6:35:47 PM EST
    In this Aug. 12, 2011, photo, Republican presidential hopeful former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and his wife Callista campaign at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Gingrich is schlepping some supersized luggage along as his Republican presidential campaign takes off: He?s got trunkloads of personal and political baggage. Negatives that didn?t get much attention when Gingrich was an asterisk in the polls are getting a fresh look now that he?s risen to the top tier of GOP presidential candidates. Among them: policy flip-flops, inopportune moments of candor, two failed marriages, admissions of adultery, fits of petulance and a tendency to suggest he?s the smartest person in the room. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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    Posted: 11/7/2011 6:55:49 AM EST
    FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2011, file photo Republican presidential hopeful former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney campaigns at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. Romney and the other candidates are plenty serious about seeing and being seen at popular campaign stops in the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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    Posted: 10/31/2011 11:55:50 AM EST
    FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich campaigns at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa's presidential caucuses are any Republican candidate's to win. Just two months before the GOP nomination voting begins, Iowa Republicans aren't surging toward former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney even though he's essentially been running for president since losing here in 2008. And, this time, none of his opponents has emerged as the consensus candidate of conservatives _ and, thus, Romney's chief challenger _ the way Mike Huckabee did four years ago. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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    Posted: 10/30/2011 8:45:50 AM EST
    FILE - In this Aug. 12, 2011 file photo, Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas prepares for an interview at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. Iowa's presidential caucuses are any Republican candidate's to win. Just two months before the GOP nomination voting begins, Iowa Republicans aren't surging toward former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney even though he's essentially been running for president since losing here in 2008. And, this time, none of his opponents has emerged as the consensus candidate of conservatives _ and, thus, Romney's chief challenger _ the way Mike Huckabee did four years ago. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)