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Ohio Candidates Stress National Security

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Ohio candidates stress national security

United Press International

Ohio Republican Sen. Mike DeWine is stressing national security and his voting record on nationl security issues in his bid for re-election.

DeWine, campaigning with Arizona Sen. John McCain at his side, cited the voting record of Democratic rival Rep. Sherrod Brown, pointed to Brown's opposition to the Patriot Act and asserted that Brown lacks a sufficient commitment to national security.

Speaking of his opponent's opposition to the legislation, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported on August 22 that DeWine told reporters after a rally at Cuyahoga Community College's Parma campus, "If he had his way, this country would have been denied this very essential tool," stating that Brown was in the "distinct minority" because of his opposition to the Patriot Act.

DeWine said, "Sherrod Brown voted 10 different times to cut our intelligence budget, so there is a fundamental difference between the two of us in regard to how we approach intelligence. It's been no accident that since Sept. 11 we've not been hit on the homeland, but that doesn't mean we won't get hit tomorrow or today..."

National Security and the war in Iraq have become key issues in midterm elections.

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