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US election: Daily Diet - 22 October

As the election looms, the bombardment of stories, figures and headlines can be overwhelming. But no longer - we've diced and sliced a daily helping of tasty political morsels for your consumption.

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Today it's all about sun, sand and, er, foreign policy.

Picture of the day

Mitt Romney takes a break from intense swotting for Monday's foreign policy debate in Florida to toss the coin in a beach football match between his campaign team and the press.

Those gathered were probably thinking of Mr Romney's quip about the media at a dinner last Thursday: "I recognize that they have their job to do, and I have my job to do. My job is to lay out a positive vision for the future of the country, and their job is to make sure no one else finds out about it."

Quote of the day

''I'll call you when it happens.''

The late George McGovern, when asked by Walter Mondale in 1984 how long it takes to get over a presidential election defeat, 12 years after McGovern was beaten in a landslide by Richard Nixon. Mr McGovern died last week, aged 90.

Read the full story at Politico

Read Mr McGovern's obituary

Random stat

50 - drop in price of a gallon of gas (petrol) in cents, predicted to happen within weeks. Both candidates at the last debate were asked what they would do to reduce gas prices.

Read the full story at USA Today

Ad of the day

The new advert from the Obama campaign is timed to coincide with Monday's foreign policy debate, It features the former secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, saying Romney lacks any foreign policy experience.

Meanwhile, a new Romney advert accuses Obama of being unable to work with Congress, highlighting his now famous quote: "You can't change Washington from the inside."

News from a swing state

Image caption Residents of Pensacola in Florida are reminded about what else is on the ballot

Policy wonk point of the day

The Monroe doctrine, which takes its name from President James Monroe, is a major plank of American foreign policy, introduced in the early 19th Century. The Doctrine began as a reaction to European colonial influence in Latin America, and decreed that the US would perceive "interference" in the emerging Western Hemisphere as a threat. This effectively scotched French and Spanish hopes of expanding their territories in the South, and secured America's place as the major power in the region. In return, the US vowed not to "interfere" in Europe.

(courtesy of the BBC's Analysis & Research unit, a team of highly experienced analysts who provide BBC journalists with briefs on the day's top stories)

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