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Candidate now says he never backed repeal of 17th Amendment

After a week and a half of heavy criticism on editorial pages around Idaho for the idea of repealing the 17th Amendment - direct election of U.S. senators - one of two GOP congressional candidates who backed the idea now says he never did. "I'm not changing the position, I'm clarifying, would be a better way to put that," said Vaughn Ward, who is running in the hotly contested GOP primary for a chance to challenge 1st District Democratic Congressman Walt Minnick. "I do not want to take away the power of people to elect senators," Ward said Monday. "What I do support is amending the Constitution and adding a two-term limit for U.S. senators."

Both Ward and his GOP primary opponent, state Rep. Raul Labrador, spoke in favor of repealing the 17th Amendment on statewide television on April 30, on the "Idaho Reports" program on Idaho Public Television. Both also answered "yes" in a Tea Party Boise survey that asked if they'd vote to repeal the amendment. The move is backed by some conservatives as a way to promote states' rights by returning selection of U.S. senators to state legislatures. You can read my full story here at spokesman.com.




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