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Obama, Romney swap jibes for jokes at Alfred E. Smith dinner

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President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner in New York on October 18, 2012.

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Obama and Romney share a laugh with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, center.

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The lighthearted white-tie charity gala has long been a tradition of the presidential race.

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President Barack Obama addresses the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York City.

President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney took a break from their often rancorous campaigns to poke fun at each other and themselves at the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Dinner in New York, Thursday night.

Romney told the formal white tie and gown crowd that, "it's nice to finally relax and wear what Anne and I wear around the house."

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in New York City.

Through much of the evening, the two candidates sat just one chair down from each other. Only host Cardinal Timothy Dolan separated them, the Associated Press reported.

Romney told the crowd, "I was actually hoping the president would bring Joe Biden along this evening, because he'll laugh at anything." Read the full story.

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