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Capitol Chatter: Obama, Romney engage in a brief ag exchange

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ST. PAUL — The two major presidential candidates broke their silence on rural issues, if only briefly.

Republican Mitt Romney used a Tuesday stop near Des Moines, Iowa, to deliver his first major speech on farm policy. That drew a quick response from Democratic President Barack Obama.

However, after the Van Meter speech, rural issues again got the silent treatment as the candidates returned to their standard campaign speeches.

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