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Providence Mayor and Democratic congressional candidate David Cicilline, left, with President Barack Obama, right, at the Democratic Congressional Committee reception at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R.I., on Monday. (AP)

Associated Press

President makes final campaign push before Nov. 2 elections

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — President Barack Obama attacked Republicans with gusto Monday as he plunged into a final week of midterm election campaigning, but his party’s prognosis remained darkened by the feeble economy and his itinerary was designed largely to minimize losses.

Nor was his greeting totally friendly in a state Obama has pointedly declined to endorse his party’s candidate for governor.

Obama can “take his endorsement and shove it,” declared Democrat Frank Caprio, battling Republican-turned-independent Lincoln Chafee in a Rhode Island gubernatorial race rated tight in the polls. Chafee endorsed Obama during the 2008 campaign for the White House.

In a little more than five hours in the state, Obama was booked for a factory tour and for a pair of fundraisers that party officials said would bring in $500,000.

He said Republicans had driven the economy into a ditch and then stood by and criticized while Democrats pulled it out. Now that progress has been made, he said, “we can’t have special interests sitting shotgun. We gotta have middle class families up in front. We don’t mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back.”

Democrats relied on more than the president’s time to boost their chances in the final days of the campaign. There was the matter of federal funds, too, in the form of an estimated $2.5 billion in grants announced during the day to provide high-speed rail service in California, between Chicago and Iowa, and elsewhere.

Administration officials left it to Democratic lawmakers to make the announcements, and they did, stressing the job-creating potential of the expansions. Some Republicans expressed objections to the funding in a time of record deficits.

Eight days before the election, the principal uncertainty concerned the size and scope of anticipated Democratic losses in the House, the Senate, governor’s races and state legislatures.

An Associated Press-GfK Poll showed that perhaps one-third of all voters have yet to firmly settle on their choices. But that wasn’t encouraging for the Democrats, either. About 45 percent of them prefer the Republican candidate for the House, and 38 percent like the Democrat.

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Written by demon53

October 26, 2010 at 12:08 pm

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