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In radio address, Obama urges party unity after election

October 31, 2010

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WASHINGTON — Whatever the outcome of Tuesday’s election, it’s time to put aside partisanship, President Obama is telling Democrats and Republicans.

Yet his appeal for unity includes a jab at GOP leaders in the House and Senate for comments that the president said were troubling.

House minority leader John Boehner of Ohio “actually said that ‘this is not the time for compromise,’ ’’ Obama said yesterday in his weekly radio and Internet address. The president added that Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky “said his main goal after this election is simply to win the next one.’’

The address was released shortly before Obama left Washington for a day of campaigning in Philadelphia, Bridgeport, Conn., and Chicago. The three states have competitive House and Senate races, as does Ohio, where the president was slated to hold a rally today in Cleveland.

In the weekly Republican address, Boehner said Obama has failed to deliver the change he promised. The man who probably would become House speaker if Republicans win control of the chamber also promoted party pledges to cut spending and keep taxes at current levels. — Associated Press

In S.C. governor’s race, Tea Party pick’s star fading
BEAUFORT, S.C. — She tours the state in a 34-seat bus, has had her face on the cover of Newsweek, and has received endorsements from Sarah Palin and Mitt Romney.

But in the final days of her campaign for South Carolina governor, Nikki Haley, a Tea Party movement favorite, has lost at least a bit of her aura of inevitability. Some recent polls have indicated that the race is tightening. Her Democratic opponent, state Senator Vincent Sheheen, has hammered her about a history of late tax payments. A conservative blogger also continues to publish details about what he says was their extramarital affair, which she denies.

Haley, an Indian-American former state legislator, defeated three better-known opponents for the Republican nomination and has raised $3.8 million in donations. Her election would be historic, bringing positive attention to a state that has elected only white men as governor — and has endured a recent streak of political scandals. — New York Times

US Senate hopeful arrested in campaign sign dispute
LINCOLN, Neb. — A write-in candidate for US Senate in Iowa was arrested Friday on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus after allegedly threatening a student worker who was removing his campaign signs.

The college’s assistant police chief, Carl Oestmann, said 41-year-old Philip Storey of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was being held yesterday in Lancaster County jail. A message left at a number listed for Storey wasn’t immediately returned.

Oestmann says Storey threatened to kill the student or send someone to kill her if she continued to take his signs. Campaign signs aren’t allowed on university property.

Oestmann says Storey was arrested on suspicion of making terroristic threats. — Associated Press