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Rhode Island Democrat Says He Doesn't Need President's Endorsement

(PROVIDENCE, RIPhoto Courtesy - FrankCaprio [dot] com) -- The Democratic candidate for Rhode Island Governor says he doesn't need President Obama's endorsement.  The president's Monday afternoon campaign visit to Rhode Island follows Frank Caprio learning over the weekend he would not receive the president's stamp of approval.  Caprio told ABC News Radio affiliate WPRO in Providence "I never asked President Obama for his endorsement and what's going on here is really Washington insider politics at its worst."  Caprio went on to say "He can take his endorsement and really shove it."

Mr. Obama is apparently withholding the endorsement out of deference to former Senator Lincoln Chafee.  The Republican Chafee crossed party lines to endorse Mr. Obama for president in 2008 and is now locked in a tight battle with Caprio in the race for Governor.  Chafee is on the Independent party line. 

The president's trip to Rhode Island was intended to raise money for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee with 8 days to go before the mid-term elections. 

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