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US Election Updates - August 27, 2012

Obama campaign seeks to 'divide America', says Romney

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has alleged his rival President Barack Obama is running a campaign built on "anger and divisiveness".

Romney said the Democratic campaign had hit a "new low" after trying to link him to controversial views on rape recently voiced by a fellow Republican.

"I would suggest that that's a campaign of anger and divisiveness," Mr Romney said, citing Obama's campaign in a Sunday interview with U.S. TV channel Fox News.

"That's the kind of divisiveness that I think Americans recognise and I think it's one of the reasons why his campaign, despite spending massively more than our campaign, that his campaign hasn't gained the traction that he would have expected."

Romney said the Democrats were seeking to connect him to the comments made by congressman Todd Akin, who sparked outrage by claiming women's bodies could prevent pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape".

He added the remarks were "offensive and wrong" and has urged the Missouri congressman to withdraw his candidacy for the Senate.

The Republicans are due to nominate Romney as their candidate in November's presidential elections on Tuesday.

The party was forced to delay their national convention in the city of Tampa by a day due to the approach of Tropical Storm Isaac.