- - Tuesday, October 26, 2010

PENNSYLVANIA

School nixes Biden rally

PHILADELPHIA | A Democratic congressional candidate says a Pennsylvania school district is playing politics by canceling an event headlined by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr.

Mr. Biden is set to campaign Wednesday for Democrat Bryan Lentz in the homestretch of a close race for an open congressional seat in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Mr. Lentz, a state representative, is facing Republican Pat Meehan, a former U.S. attorney.

Mr. Lentz’s campaign manager says he had a deal to hold a rally at Radnor High School.

But school board member Pattie Booker says the event was canceled when it became clear Mr. Biden would be campaigning during school time, not giving a policy speech. She says it would be inappropriate to have students and staff on hand.

The event will instead be held at a township-owned gym.

RHODE ISLAND

Opponents slam “shove” remark

PROVIDENCE | The three opponents of Rhode Island Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio criticized him in a televised debate Tuesday for saying President Obama can “shove it” for failing to endorse him, with one calling him a “knucklehead” and another saying he acted like a “petulant child.”

The debate was the first for the candidates since Mr. Caprio said Monday that Mr. Obama could “take his endorsement and really shove it” after he learned the president wouldn’t endorse anyone in the race.

Republican John Robitaille, a senior aide to outgoing GOP Gov. Donald Carcieri, said Mr. Caprio’s response wasn’t the one of a governor but was immature or of a “petulant child.” Moderate Party candidate Ken Block called Mr. Caprio a “knucklehead.”

Independent Lincoln Chafee endorsed Mr. Obama in 2008 and said the comments were unfortunate. His campaign Tuesday was airing a new ad showing the onetime Republican senator with Mr. Obama during the 2008 campaign.

Mr. Caprio maintains he never asked for Mr. Obama’s endorsement.

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