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Kissinger assails candidates’ ads about ‘cheating’ China

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger is criticizing both major presidential candidates for appealing to American suspicions of China in their campaigns.

Mr. Kissinger said Wednesday that the candidates have used “extremely deplorable” language by labeling China a cheat.

Last week, both campaigns issued ads promising to get tough over alleged Chinese trade violations often blamed for major U.S. job losses.

Mr. Kissinger was the architect of U.S. re-engagement with Beijing 40 years ago. He still advocates better relations between the superpowers.

Mr. Kissinger has endorsed Mitt Romney but made clear Wednesday that he opposed the Republican’s promise to designate China a currency manipulator, saying virtually all China analysts oppose it.

He said “theoreticians” advocating that step, lacking experience with China, have turned it into a crusade.

Mr. Kissinger spoke at the Wilson Center in Washington.

CAMPAIGN

Obama drinks up big lead in coffee-cup polling

Most polls are showing President Obama ahead by just a few points, but he might have a landslide victory brewing according to one unscientific poll.

A promotion by 7-Eleven is allowing customers to buy their coffee in cups emblazoned with the names of Mr. Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney, and the results as of Wednesday show that 60 percent have chosen Obama cups to 40 percent for Mr. Romney.

The convenience store chain, which also offers regular “undecided” cups, first ran the promotion in 2000, and it has been accurate in predicting the past three winners.

In 2008, Mr. Obama outsold Republican nominee John McCain, 52 percent to 46 percent, then went on to win the popular vote on Election Day, 53 percent to 46 percent.

In 2004, President George W. Bush outsold Democratic challenger John Kerry 51 percent to 49 percent, then notched a 51 percent to 48 percent victory to earn re-election.

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