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  GOP House Candidate On Civil Rights: ‘We Need To Get Our Federal Government Out Of The Way’
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Last EditedHomegrown Democrat  Sep 08, 2010 09:45pm
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AuthorScott Keyes
News DateWednesday, September 8, 2010 06:30:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionFireworks occurred during a town hall in Canton, OH, last night when Rep. John Boccieri (D-OH) unexpectedly showed up at his Republican opponent’s public event. Challenger Jim Renacci and Boccieri sparred for about 70 minutes in an unofficial first debate. And ThinkProgress was in attendance.

During the event, an African-American constituent named Robert Thompson asked Renacci what he would do on the issue of civil rights. Renacci’s response: local control. He called civil rights “local issues” and said the solution is “to get our federal government out of the way” because “it’s not the federal government’s job”
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