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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney gestures during a rally in Abingdon, Va., Friday. Steve Helber | Associated Press

Rural issues talk rare in presidential campaigns

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ST. PAUL — As they campaign, presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney pretty much ignore rural-specific issues.

It is not that they lack a chance to talk about such issues. Some of the major swing states are heavy on agriculture and candidates often stop there, with Iowa and Wisconsin two Midwestern cases in point.

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