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Out of sight, Bush has shaped both 2012 campaigns

Romney seeks distance, Obama stresses links

NEW YORK — He does not speak on the stump or appear in television ads. Campaign audiences rarely hear his name.

But aside from President Obama and Mitt Romney, no one has shaped the 2012 election more than George W. Bush — on the economy and on the foreign policy issues in the spotlight during the final presidential debate on Monday.

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