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Romney faces more scrutiny on claims on auto industry

TAMPA — Mitt Romney came under withering criticism Wednesday over his depiction of President Obama’s auto industry bailout, with Vice President Joe Biden accusing him of perpetuating an ‘‘outrageous lie’’ and newspapers assailing the Republican’s advertising campaign on the subject.

Chrysler and General Motors also have protested the ads, as the 2009 bailout was pushed to the forefront of the White House campaign in a key battleground just days before Tuesday’s election.

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‘‘They’re trying to scare the living devil out of a group of people who have been hurt so badly over the last previous four years before we came to office,’’ Biden told voters in Florida, labeling the Romney commercials ‘‘one of the most flagrantly dishonest ads I can ever remember in my political career.’’

Countering Biden, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, one of 32 House Republicans to vote for the auto bailout, said in a statement released by Romney’s campaign: ‘‘GM and Chrysler are expanding their production overseas. These are facts that voters deserve to know as they listen to the claims President Obama and his campaign are making.’’

Romney’s campaign insists the ads are accurate.

— Associated Press

GOP hopeful mentions ‘rape thing’

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Republican congressional candidate says abortion should not be legal, even when it involves ‘‘the rape thing,’’ according to audio provided Wednesday to the Associated Press. An activist working on behalf of liberal group FUSE Washington asked questions of GOP hopeful John Koster during a Sunday fund-raiser. Koster said he does not oppose abortion when the life of the mother is in danger but then explains he would oppose it when it involves rape or incest.

Koster twice uses the phrase ‘‘the rape thing’’ when describing his views, first saying that he knows a woman who was raped and gave up the child for adoption without any regrets.

Koster’s campaign manager Larry Stickney says the candidate has long been a proponent of dealing strongly with sex offenders.

‘‘To imply that he’s cavalier about the issue is preposterous,’’ Stickney said.

— Associated Press

For 4-year-old, enough is enough

NEW YORK — The long presidential campaign has made at least one girl cry.

In a video released Wednesday that has gone viral across the Internet, a 4-year-old girl named Abby Evans is seen frowning, tears rolling down her cheeks. Her mother, Elizabeth Evans, asks why she is crying.

Abby replies: ‘‘Because I’m tired of Bronco Obama and Mitt Romney.’’ Her mother then says the election will be over soon. ‘‘Yay,’’ Abby says through her sobs. Elizabeth

Evans told KUSA-TV her daughter began crying in the car listening to an NPR election report.

— Associated Press

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