Obama, in election mode, tightens his UN diplomacy
President Obama addresses the U.N. General Assembly this week. But with the presidential election approaching, he won't meet with counterparts, leaving that to Secretary of State Clinton.
Just six weeks until the election, the realities and priorities of campaign politics hang prominently over Obama's final turn on the world stage before facing voters.
Unlike his predecessors, he is skipping the face-to-face meetings with counterparts where much of the U.N. works gets done, leaving Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to pick up more of those sessions herself.
Obama's itinerary on Monday and Tuesday is compressed so that he can get back to campaigning in some of the most contested states such as Ohio and Virginia.
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