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Democrat Frank Caprio Stands by 'Shove It' Comment About Obama

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Rhode Island Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio, stung by President Obama's failure to support his campaign, said Tuesday he stands by his dismissive remark Monday when he said the president can take his endorsement and "really shove it."

"The White House wants to play politics," Caprio told NBC's "Today" show. ". . . It's the people living in the homes in Rhode Island right now, I want their endorsement."

Obama, who visited the state Monday, is staying neutral in the governor's race in deference to former Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who is running for governor as an independent -- and who endorsed Obama in 2008. Caprio, the Rhode Island treasurer, backed Hillary Clinton in the presidential campaign.

Caprio did not repeat his "shove it" remark on Tuesday but said his comments were "reflective of what I've been hearing across the state for the past year." Told that Obama's approval rating has remained relatively high in Rhode Island, Caprio said he had the "highest level of respect for the president."

But he described himself as a "different kind of Democrat," one who is adverse to "back room" political dealmaking. Watch the interview here:

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