Campaigns cast Obama, Romney as 'the other'

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FILE - In this Aug. 30, 2012 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney speaks at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Republicans in Tampa, Florida, this week cast President Barack Obama as an executive who takes his cues from Europe, poses a threat to the traditional family and is unfamiliar with American staples like garage sales and lemonade stands. Next week in Charlotte, North Carolina, Democrats will color in their picture of Republican candidate Mitt Romney. They'll fill out what they've sketched in both the 2008 presidential campaign and the last two years of the current race.  (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Republicans in Tampa, Fla., this week cast President Barack Obama as an executive who takes his cues from Europe, poses a threat to the traditional family and is unfamiliar with American staples like garage sales and lemonade stands.

Next week in Charlotte, N.C., Democrats will color in their picture of Republican candidate Mitt Romney. They'll fill out what they've sketched in both the 2008 presidential campaign and in the current race.

Neither man fits the bill of the average, working-class American struggling with credit card debt and mortgage payments. Seizing on the unusual, the two parties have tried to convince voters that the other guy is not like us.

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