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Richardson endorses McCain for president

ATLANTA --- House Speaker Glenn Richardson is endorsing Sen. John McCain's presidential bid.

Mr. Richardson on Friday praised Mr. McCain's vow to cut wasteful government spending, appoint conservative judges and defend the country against the threat of terrorism.

Mr. Richardson had previously backed former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who dropped out of the race after a disappointing showing in Florida.

Other Republican leaders have not yet endorsed any candidates. Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle both said they don't plan to back a candidate before Tuesday's primary.

Clinton camp responds to health plan mailer

NEW YORK --- Advisers to Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday complained vehemently about an Obama campaign mailer that criticizes Mrs. Clinton's health plan, with one adviser likening the mailer to "Nazis marching through Skokie, Illinois."

The mailer shows a young couple sitting at a table, appearing to puzzle over a stack of bills.

"Hillary's plan forces everyone to buy insurance, even if you can't afford it," it reads.

Clinton campaign policy director Neera Tanden said the mailer falsely suggests that the New York senator's plan wouldn't bring down costs. She said Mrs. Clinton would offer tax subsidies to help pay for insurance and would seek other cost controls before enforcing a mandate to buy coverage.

-- Associated Press