Avoiding an answer has not worked as well for Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel, running against Sen. Sherrod Brown in Ohio. Brown has made his backing of the auto bailout, which affected 800,000 people in his state, a focus of his campaign. Mandel, though he talks often about wanting more auto jobs, has repeatedly refused to say whether he would have supported the bailout.
That finally changed Monday. Mandel, after months of parrying months of questions on the auto bailout, came out firmly against it.
"I'm not a bailout senator," Mandel said of Brown. "He's the bailout senator."
Brown, who has pounded Mandel's indecision for months, said his decision to finally oppose the bailout "just boggles my mind."
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