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US presidential campaigns will pause to mark Sept 11

Published on Sep 11, 2012 7:57 AM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The killing of Osama bin Laden and the war in Afghanistan are becoming increasingly charged campaign issues, but both United States (US) presidential candidates will put politics on hold to observe the anniversary of the Sept 11 attacks on Tuesday.

President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney will freeze their barrage of television ads for the day a s ceremonies across the United States remember the 2,977 people killed by the 2001 attacks.

It is recognition of the awkwardness of throwing political punches on a day when politicians typically call for the nation to come together.

"Both campaigns have to be very, very careful to appear respectful and avoid the impression of exploiting a national tragedy for political purposes," said Mr Bill Galston, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton and fellow at the Brookings Institute.

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