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Obama at the UN, in shadow of campaign politics

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NEW YORK — President Barack Obama will step before the world and declare that anti-American rage and riots among Muslims abroad will never force the United States to backtrack on diplomacy.

In his final international address before the November election, Obama on Tuesday has a United Nations stage afforded to presidents, not presidential challengers. He will use it to try to boost his political standing without mentioning his opponent.

Obama's comments to the General Assembly will be scrutinized around the globe and by the gathering of presidents and prime ministers in the famed United Nations hall given the tumult, terrorism, nuclear threats and poverty that bind so many nations.

Yet there is no doubt that the U.S. presidential campaign hangs heavy over Obama's speech.