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GOP congressman says more bipartisanship needed

October 26, 2018
Sen. Sherrod Brown, left, D-Ohio, makes his opening statement as Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, listens during the U.S. Senate debate Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, Pool)

OXFORD, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the third U.S. Senate debate in Ohio (all times local):

7:30 p.m.

The Donald Trump-backed congressman trying to unseat a Democratic U.S. senator in Ohio says there needs to be more bipartisanship.

That was the response of U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (ruh-NAY’-see) after Sen. Sherrod Brown called on him to join in urging the Republican president to take steps to unite the country.

The two met in their third and last scheduled debate Friday night at Miami University, hours after the Trump administration announced an arrest in the nationwide mail-bomb scare targeting prominent Democrats who have traded criticism with Trump.

Renacci says there’s too much “divisive rhetoric” on both sides. He says he’s been part of a bipartisan breakfast meeting group since he’s been in Congress that has helped produce successful legislation.

Brown replied he has a long bipartisan record, including working with GOP Ohio Sen. Rob Portman.

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6:53 p.m.

Ohio’s Democratic U.S. senator says the Donald Trump-backed congressman trying to unseat him should urge the president to try to unite the country.

Second-term Sen. Sherrod Brown told The Associated Press that Trump needs to take unifying steps as Republican President George W. Bush did in the aftermath of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

He says fourth-term Rep. Jim Renacci (ruh-NAY’-see) should ask Trump to do so.

Brown spoke just before their third and last scheduled debate Friday evening at Miami University.

Brown, 65, is widely considered a clear favorite. Trump urged support for Renacci at an Oct. 12 rally in nearby Warren County. Renacci, 59, switched from a gubernatorial run to challenge Brown after getting White House encouragement.

Brown has agreed with Trump’s moves to toughen trade deals.

12:07 a.m.

Ohio’s Democratic U.S. senator and the Donald Trump-backed congressman trying to unseat him will go head-to-head on a college campus in their last debate before the Nov. 6 election.

Second-term Sen. Sherrod Brown and fourth-term Rep. Jim Renacci (ruh-NAY’-see) meet Friday at 7 p.m. at Miami University, some 40 miles northwest of Cincinnati and near the Indiana border.

Brown, 65, is widely considered a clear favorite. Trump urged support for Renacci at an Oct. 12 rally in nearby Warren County. Renacci switched from a gubernatorial run to challenge Brown after getting White House encouragement.

Renacci, 59, has called Brown a liberal whose views aren’t those of most Ohioans. Brown says Renacci supports policies to benefit the wealthiest Americans.

Brown has praised Trump moves on toughening trade deals.