Foreign policy at forefront is a Romney hurdle

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by Laura Matovina

BOSTON (AP) -- With protests at U.S. embassies and four Americans dead, Mitt Romney is suddenly facing a presidential election focused on a foreign policy crisis he gambled wouldn't happen.

But it did happen -- and at a bad time for the GOP hopeful.

Momentum in the race is on President Barack Obama's side and Republicans are fretting over the state of their nominee's campaign.

To shift the trajectory, Romney's plan boils down to this: Spend big money on TV and work harder.

It's unclear how long this bout of Middle East unrest will last, and the Republican's aides concede that the former businessman may struggle to gain a political advantage should anti-American violence continue deep into the fall.

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