Barrow gives Obama endorsement

Wednesday, Aug 29, 2012 8:15 AM
Last updated 5:17 PM
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U.S. Rep. John Barrow has extended tepid support to the man Republicans are portraying as his Siamese twin.

The Augusta lawmaker said Tuesday through a spokesman that he’ll vote to re-elect fellow Democrat Barack Obama president.

On Nov. 6, Barrow likely will face state Rep. Lee Anderson, of Grovetown, who apparently won the Aug. 21 GOP primary runoff in the 12th Congressional District.

Augusta businessman Rick Allen wants a recount, but trails by 154 votes – probably too many for the outcome to change.

Barrow hadn’t said before Tuesday whether he would back Obama, and, although he’s a delegate, he’s skipping next week’s Democratic convention. Obama is due to be renominated at the Charlotte, N.C., gathering.

“Mr. Barrow will vote for the top of the ticket,” spokesman Richard Carbo said in a prepared statement that didn’t mention Obama by name.

Seeking a fifth term, Barrow long has vacillated between supporting Obama and keeping his distance.

Recent boundary changes tilted the 12th toward the GOP and undermined Barrow’s political base. He moved to Augusta after his previous hometown, Democrat-leaning Savannah, was lopped from the 12th.

In 2008, Obama lost in what’s the new 12th by about the same double-digit margin he carried the old one.

Carbo cited an independent compilation showing that his boss voted with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., 54 percent of the time.

“After ... being one of the most independent members of Congress,” Carbo said, “he’s made it clear that he won’t be a rubber stamp for this or any other president.

“Partisan politicians like Lee Anderson want to come to Congress and make devastating cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and John Barrow won’t let that happen.”

Carbo was referring to a controversial budget proposal by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis.

Just as Republicans have tried to pin Obama on Barrow, Barrow’s sought to link Anderson to Ryan.

GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney recently chose Ryan as his vice presidential running mate.

Barrow recently pressed Anderson and Allen – unsuccessfully – for their stands on the Ryan budget plan.

Carbo said Barrow will work with Republicans, Democrats and “anyone” if it produces results and “helps Georgia.”

Anderson spokesman Ryan Mahoney countered that Barrow is “incapable of giving a straight answer.”

“While John Barrow continues to spit election-year rhetoric,” Mahoney said, “Georgians continue to suffer from the liberal policies of the Barrow/Obama agenda.

“The BarrowBama shuffle has got to end. The people of Georgia’s 12th District are sick of Barrow’s empty political rhetoric and campaign spin.”

Unlike Barrow, Mahoney said, Anderson is “more concerned about America’s future than his own political career, and ... values the truth more than political expediency.”

Neither Allen nor anyone from his campaign responded Tuesday to requests for comment.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/29/12 - 08:35 am
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Now it's time for our local

Now it's time for our local Democrats to do the same. Heh, heh, heh.

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Insider Information 08/29/12 - 09:14 am
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It's a first!

For the first time, Barrow actually took a position on something.

Congratulations.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/29/12 - 09:56 am
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Sorry John. If you truly

Sorry John. If you truly "endorse" Obama then you are the wrong man for the country and for the 12th district.

You have too many instances of things like....waiting for Nancy Pelosi to give you permission to vote against Obamacare, after it had already passed, in order to help you pull the wool over our eyes for the 2010 election....and now you keep voting against the repeal of Obamacare. You are a hypocrite and you are endorsing a man, and therfore a philosophy, that is destroying our economy and our healthcare system.

You claim to be a blue dog Democrat....but on the big votes that determine the direction of this country, which is currently going in the wrong direction, you are a party line liberal Democrat who waits for Nancy Pelosi to tell you which way to jump and when to jump. Obama is the wrong man for this country and you, John Barrow, are the wrong man for the 12th district for supporting Obama and taking your cues from Nancy. You are dealing with a different constituency now John. We may have fell off a turnip truck.....but not yesterday.

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Dixieman 08/29/12 - 10:33 am
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Campaign idea

Barrow should switch parties. Then he would win.

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JRC2024 08/29/12 - 12:22 pm
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I will not be voeting for him

I will not be voeting for him if he sides with Obama. Go see 2016, It is an eyeopener.

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Riverman1 08/29/12 - 02:54 pm
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I'm glad to know we are

I'm glad to know we are united against Obama supporters.

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hotsaucemom 08/29/12 - 04:49 pm
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You got my vote BarrowObama

You got my vote BarrowObama and Roundtre on Nov. 6, i's time to get rid of the Tea Party Rebulicans cintrooled House in Congress.

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rmwhitley 08/29/12 - 05:38 pm
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Wow!!
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Can you believe it. A liberal leftie supporting obama.

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soapy_725 08/29/12 - 07:35 pm
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The consumate poltician...
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anyone, Repubogog or Demogog would do the same. If Anerson was a Demogog, he would do the same. Remaining in Washington (power) and riding the gravy train (money) is the goal of every elected official. Reelection efforts begins the day after the election.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 08/29/12 - 07:37 pm
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Barrow and Anderson
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both have tractors and farmer friends. Maybe they will have a Farm Aid concert.

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KSL 08/29/12 - 07:45 pm
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Cintrooled?

Cintrooled?

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nevertoolate 08/30/12 - 05:10 am
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Tea Party "Rebulicans"?

Hotsauce, hopefully, you speak and spell in jest.

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