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From Pen-Pusher to Chancellor Candidate Frank-Walter Steinmeier's Reluctant Path into the Spotlight

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the Social Democratic Party's chancellor candidate and veteran bureaucrat, never wanted power. Over the course of the election campaign, he has transformed himself from a dull pen-pusher to something approaching a passionate speaker. But is it enough to convince Germany's voters?
Frank-Walter Steinmeier gestures during a campaign rally in Stuttgart on Sept. 17, 2009.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier gestures during a campaign rally in Stuttgart on Sept. 17, 2009.

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Photo Gallery: Frank-Walter Steinmeier - A Different Light on the Candidates
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Photo Gallery: Frank-Walter Steinmeier - A Different Light on the Candidates

Photo Gallery: Frank-Walter Steinmeier - A Different Light on the Candidates
Maurice Weiss / Ostkreuz

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Photo Gallery: Frank-Walter Steinmeier - A Different Light on the Candidates

Photo Gallery: Frank-Walter Steinmeier - A Different Light on the Candidates
Maurice Weiss / Ostkreuz

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Photo Gallery: Frank-Walter Steinmeier - A Different Light on the Candidates

Photo Gallery: Frank-Walter Steinmeier - A Different Light on the Candidates
Maurice Weiss / Ostkreuz

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Photo Gallery: Frank-Walter Steinmeier - A Different Light on the Candidates

Photo Gallery: Frank-Walter Steinmeier - A Different Light on the Candidates
Maurice Weiss / Ostkreuz

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Photo Gallery: Frank-Walter Steinmeier - A Different Light on the Candidates

Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan
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