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Presidential Election

August 15, 2012

CAMPAIGN NOTEBOOK: Rolls, pizza and deals

KNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) — President Barack Obama and rival Mitt Romney experienced the real economy Tuesday. Obama encountered a temporary product shortage, and Romney, always on the lookout for a deal, saw one at a Little Caesars Pizza shop.

Obama made a quick stop in Knoxville at the Coffee Connection, a coffee shop on the town's square. About 20 people were seated at tables chatting and having morning coffee. Obama greeted them and stepped up to the counter to order a coffee, iced tea, and some muffins and cinnamon rolls.

He turned and offered to buy anyone a coffee or muffin. One patron said he'd take a cinnamon roll. "I just bought the last one," Obama said. "I can get you a muffin."

The owner then realized there were more cinnamon rolls in the back. "You know what, it turns out you're in luck," Obama shouted to the man.

Nearly 700 miles to the east, Romney and Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, made an unplanned stop at a Little Caesars Pizza in Cambridge, Ohio. Employees of the pizza shop brought a pizza out to the bus for Romney and his staff. Afterward, the Republican candidate stopped in to take some photos with them, waving the Little Caesars Pizza box in the air.

"It's empty, but you know, thank you!" he said. Then he purchased two more pizzas.

"What do they run?" he asked.

Told they were $5, Romney was surprised.

"Five — they're only five bucks? That's a good price. That's a good deal," he said.

Later, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, Obama stopped in The Pump Haus and Grill for a Bud Light where he chatted up patrons and bought a beer for a customer sitting at the bar.

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