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US Election Updates - September 11, 2012

Presidential campaigns pause to mark September 11

Both U.S. presidential candidates are to put politics on hold to commemorate the anniversary of the September 11 attacks on Tuesday.

President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney will temporarily suspend their television ads for the day as ceremonies take place across the United States to remember the 2,977 people killed by the 2001 attacks.

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

On Tuesday morning, Obama and First Lady Michele Obama will take part in a moment of silence on the South Lawn at the White House and later attend a memorial service at the Pentagon.

Obama will also visit wounded soldiers and their families at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

Meanwhile, Romney plans to address the National Guard Association Convention in Reno, Nevada.

Romney's wife, Ann, is due to take part in events marking the anniversary in Florida.

Although the economy remains the foremost issue among voters, the killing of Osama bin Laden and the war in Afghanistan are becoming increasingly important campaign issues.

At the Democratic convention last week, Obama's supporters highlighted bin Laden's killing in 2011 as an achievement for the incumbent.

When accepting the Democratic presidential nomination, Obama slated Romney as a foreign policy novice and spoke of the planned end of the war in Afghanistan and the rebuilding of One World Trade Center as symbols of American recovery during his first term.