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Frank Caprio, the "shove it" Rhode Island Democrat who didn't get President Obama's endorsement for governor, is getting another pretty big White House name to campaign for him -- former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton will make his second visit to the state Sunday on behalf of Caprio, who is running against former Sen. Lincoln Chafee -- an independent candidate and Obama friend -- and Republican John Robitaille. Obama, in deference to Chafee, decided to stay neutral in the governor's race and did not meet with Caprio when he campaigned in Rhode Island on Monday.

Caprio, hurt by the political snub, told an interviewer the president could "take his endorsement and really shove it." In 2008, he endorsed Hillary Clinton in the presidential race, while Chafee backed Obama.

Caprio took heat for his coarse remark in a debate among the candidates Tuesday night. Robitaille said the Democrat had acted like a "petulant little child" who didn't get his way, the AP reported. Chaffee said his comment reflected poorly on the state, and third party candidate Ken Block resorted to name-calling, saying Caprio was an "absolute knucklehead" for making the remark about the non-endorsement.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said Caprio's campaign was informed several weeks ago that the president would not endorse in the contest. Even so, Chafee aired an ad Tuesday in Rhode Island featuring Obama.

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While I understand Caprio's disappointment in not being endorsed, I thinks its conduct unbecoming of a potential United States Senator to speak in such manner. If he can't understand that there are certain things that can trump party friendship, then I think he doesn't deserve to hold that office.

October 27 2010 at 10:33 AM Report abuse -9 rate up rate down Reply
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John Vilvens

Obama has push everything he past by Dems controling both houses. A lot of dems are going to lose because they stood for the party. Now when Obama has a chance to stick up for a Dem. he does not do. This is not the only case, they have stopped funding many democrat canidates that change thier vote to help the party. So this one does not take it and says what he thinks. I am a conservative but what this lib said is true.

October 27 2010 at 11:31 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

...of course Clinton is stepping in. Caprio supported them both in the past. Politicians make strange bedfellows.

October 27 2010 at 10:26 AM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
we love mario!!!

I would rather have Bill Clintons endorsement than Barrack Obama's anyway.

October 27 2010 at 10:23 AM Report abuse +11 rate up rate down Reply


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