WASHINGTON (AP) - It's awfully quiet at the White House these days.
President Barack Obama is spending much of his time on the road courting voters in a handful of states - the most competitive ones - as he looks to break open what polls show is a close race.
The White House press corps that normally occupies space in the West Wing is out there with him, or off covering Republican challenger Mitt Romney. Even the noisy and disruptive construction on the North Lawn has wrapped up.
Six weeks from Election Day, governing has taken a backseat to campaigning, an inevitable shift for any president seeking a second term.
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