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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.

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In this 2011 photo President Barack Obama addresses the 66th session of the United Nations General Assembly. When the world’s leaders gather in New York this week for the 67th session Obama has no plans to meet privately with any of them.

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The world's leaders are gathering in New York, but President Barack Obama has no plans to meet privately with any of them.

He will make time for "The View," a freewheeling TV talk show more likely to reach voters than Obama would with the diplomacy he is skipping at the United Nations.

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.

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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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