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RI Candidate tells Barack Obama to 'shove it'
Candidate Frank Caprio tells Barack Obama to 'shove it'
BARACK Obama's campaign stop in Rhode Island has been overshadowed by a candidate from his Democratic Party telling him to "shove it".
Frank Caprio, the Democrat candidate for governor of Rhode Island, became incensed during a radio interview yesterday after learning he would not receive the US President's endorsement.
"I never asked President Obama for his endorsement and what's going on here is really Washington insider politics at its worst," Mr Caprio said. "He can take his endorsement and really shove it as far as I am concerned."
The outburst upset what the White House had hoped would be a positive story for Mr Obama. The focus of the visit, to the town of Woonsocket, was meant to be a speech about job creation at the local American Cord and Webbing factory.
The President has declined to endorse any candidate in the Rhode Island race for governor.
The reason is a personal one linked to Mr Caprio's main opponent, prominent independent Lincoln Chafee, who gave his early backing to Mr Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign.
White House spokesman Bill Burton said yesterday: "Out of respect for his friend Lincoln Chafee, the President decided not to get involved in this race."
The payback might be understandable, but it did not impress Mr Caprio, the state Treasurer who faces a tough contest with Mr Chafee for governor.
Mr Caprio returned the snub yesterday by declining an invitation to Mr Obama's job creation speech. It is not the first time Mr Chafee has caused problems for presidents. He was previously a Republican senator who opposed former president George W. Bush over his policies on war and tax. Mr Obama attended two party fundraising events in Rhode Island, prompting Mr Caprio to accuse him of treating the state like an ATM machine.
"I will wear it like a badge of honour and a badge of courage that he doesn't want to endorse me as a Democrat," he said.