Obama Can 'Take His Endorsement and ... Shove It'

More

President Obama wasn't going to endorse Democrat Frank Caprio in the Rhode Island governor's race anyway, but now the president...really won't be endorsing him.

Caprio is running against former Republican Sen. Lincoln Chafee, who backed Obama in the 2008 presidential race after falling out, more or less, with the Republican Party. Chafee is now running for governor as an independent.

After learning that Obama wouldn't endorse anyone in this race, Caprio told a radio station that the president can "take his endorsement and really shove it," the Associated Press reports:

Frank Caprio's campaign last week said he would welcome the president's endorsement. But on Monday, the same day Obama was set to make his first visit to Rhode Island as president and a day after the White House said Obama would not endorse anyone, Caprio angrily told WPRO-AM that Obama can "take his endorsement and really shove it."

It was a surprising about-face for Caprio, whose campaign said as late as Sunday night that he was looking forward to Obama's visit, and that he would accompany the president to two public appearances.

For all the talk this fall about Obama's unpopularity in swing states and districts, and for all the questions, it's ironic that such a blow-up has happened in a race where the president's endorsement could have provided a big help: Rasmussen finds that 56 percent of Rhode Island's likely voters approve of Obama's job performance.

Rasmussen shows Chafee leading this race, while other polling firms have shown Caprio ahead as recently as October 6.

Jump to comments
Presented by

Chris Good is a political reporter for ABC News. He was previously an associate editor at The Atlantic and a reporter for The Hill.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

Juice Cleanses: The Worst Diet

A doctor tries the ever-popular Master Cleanse. Sort of.


Elsewhere on the web

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

Juice Cleanses: The Worst Diet

A doctor tries the ever-popular Master Cleanse. Sort of.

Video

Why Did I Study Physics?

Using hand-drawn cartoons to explain an academic passion

Video

What If Emoji Lived Among Us?

A whimsical ad imagines what life would be like if emoji were real.

Video

Living Alone on a Sailboat

"If you think I'm a dirtbag, then you don't understand the lifestyle."

Feature

The Future of Iced Coffee

Are artisan businesses like Blue Bottle doomed to fail when they go mainstream?

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In