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Campaigns push forward as Mideast unrest spreads

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney puts his hand on his heart during a moment of silence for the embassy officials killed in Libya, as he campaigns in the rain at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, Friday, Sept.
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney puts his hand on his heart during a moment of silence for the embassy officials killed in Libya, as he campaigns in the rain at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.
David Richard, Associated Press

BOSTON — Mitt Romney is looking to recover from a tough week dominated by foreign policy as President Barack Obama balances campaigning for a second term with the duties of the Oval Office in the face of spreading anti-American violence in the Muslim world.

It's a delicate balance of politics and policy for Obama as the world watches. Meanwhile, former businessman Romney is working to refocus attention on the nation's economy. He's also trying broaden his appeal among women and Hispanics.

Romney and Obama will participate in a Florida forum hosted by the influential Hispanic television outlet Univision in the coming week.

Both men also have aggressive campaign schedules. Officials from both camps say world events could force changes in their plans.

Anti-American protests have spread to some 20 countries.