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Ariz. CD8 candidate confirms support for Obama

Ariz. CD8 candidate confirms support for Obama

CREATED May 25, 2012 - UPDATED: May 25, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Democrat Ron Barber is clarifying his support of President Barack Obama after declining to say who he would vote for in November during a debate.

The Arizona Daily Star ( reports the 8th Congressional District candidate said Thursday in a statement he "of course" supports the Democratic president.

Republican opponent Jesse Kelly asked Barber at a debate Wednesday in Tucson who he supports for president.

Barber declined to answer and said he was only focused on beating Kelly. That response drew comments from national media and Republicans.

Republicans say Barber's initial refusal to support Obama or his health care law show he cannot be honest with voters.

A spokesman for Barber says the race is about who can fight for southern Arizona's middle-class families, not a national figure.


Information from: Arizona Daily Star,