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Could Overseas Violence Impact Presidential Election in November?

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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida - With the overseas violence continuing around the Muslim world, 10 News wanted to know if it could have any impact on the upcoming presidential election.

Seth McKee, USF St Pete associate political science professor, said this could be on voters' minds depending on what unfolds over the next few days. McKee added, if there are any more American deaths overseas, it could create a serious situation for President Obama's campaign. He added though, the president is in a position of strength with foreign policy over Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.

 "This is the interesting predicament that Romney and Ryan are in, is that they want to play from a position of being stronger than the president. But the problem is, if you want to be much stronger, you're saying we should go to war. There's a very fine line there. And the American people do not want another war," said McKee.

Protests against an anti-Islam movie made in America exploded across the Muslim world last week. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans died in an assault on the consulate in Libya on September 11th.

Of the three upcoming presidential debates, two of them - at least in some part - deal with foreign policy. Mckee said, that will be crucial in learning where the candidates stand.

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