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Mike Rowe takes ‘dirty job’ campaigning for Romney but won’t mention his name

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Discovery Channel personality Mike Rowe joined Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign in Ohio on Wednesday but during at least one campaign speech in Bedford, the “Dirty Jobs” host didn’t even bother to utter the candidate’s name.

“The first time I was here, I think, was 2004,” Rowe said after being introduced by Romney. “I came out here and spent a very long day in the middle of July with the guys over at the Department of Transportation, specifically in their road kill cleanup division. You’ll be pleased to know, Ohio, that you do have a road kill cleanup division and they are excellent at what they do. You’ll also be pleased to know that the road kill itself here in Ohio is second to none, both in volume and variety.”

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“I’ve been assured by the governor and his team that today will not be anywhere near as bloody or smelly as my last time in Ohio,” he continued. “I wanted to be here today because the governor invited me. He answered a letter I’d written to a lot of people over the last five or six years.”

Rowe said that he had written the letter to Romney because Americans were not paying enough attention to skilled workers who do the type of jobs that others avoid.

“We have to try and reconnect on a level that has nothing to do with the local or national news or whoever happens to wind up at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” Rowe explained. “The conversation needs to start in the kitchen around the table with moms and dads and kids. And when these kids start to think about what’s possible, mothers and fathers can’t immediately push options off of the table because they’ve bought into the idea that some jobs are better than other jobs.”

“I’m here as the governor’s guest,” he concluded. “And to the extent that I can contribute to this conversation, it will be my privilege.”

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A Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll released on Wednesday found that President Barack Obama led Romney by 10 points in Ohio among those who said they were definitely going to vote. The state is critical for Romney because no Republican has ever won the presidency without also winning Ohio.

While the campaign announced on Monday that Rowe had endorse their candidate, Romney admitted on Wednesday that the Discovery Channel star was “not here to endorse me.”

Watch this video from CNN, broadcast Sept. 26, 2012.

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate

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Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.

In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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