- - Monday, November 1, 2010

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Obama pulls back on ‘enemies’ remark

A day before the pivotal midterm elections, President Obama pulled back from remarks he made last month when he called on Hispanic voters to punish their “enemies” on Election Day.

In an interview Monday with radio host Michael Baisden, Mr. Obama said he should have used the word “opponents” instead of enemies.

Republicans were quick to criticize the president’s remarks. House Minority Leader John A. Boehner was expected to use Mr. Obama’s words in an election eve speech in Ohio to paint the president as a staunch partisan.

“Sadly, we have a president who uses the word ‘enemy’ for fellow Americans, fellow citizens. He used it for people who disagree with his agenda of bigger government,” Mr. Boehner said, according to prepared remarks released in advance of his speech.

Mr. Obama’s original comments were uttered in an interview with Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo, a Hispanic radio personality. Mr. Piolin questioned how Mr. Obama could ask Hispanics for their votes when many don’t think he’s worked hard to pass comprehensive immigration reform.

NORTH CAROLINA

Candidate charged twice with DWI

MOUNT AIRY | A candidate for a state House seat in North Carolina was arrested twice over the weekend, both times on charges he was driving while intoxicated.

Randy Wolfe, 58, said Monday that he “made a serious mistake” and apologized to his supporters.

Mr. Wolfe, a Democrat challenging Republican state Rep. Sarah Stevens, also took down his campaign website Monday. But he has not withdrawn from Tuesday’s election.

Mr. Wolfe was released on a $10,000 secured bond Sunday night. A Mount Airy police report said his blood alcohol content was 0.20 percent, or more than twice the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Police said that when Mr. Wolfe was arrested a day earlier, his blood alcohol content was 0.14 percent.

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