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Romney says Brown can ‘make history’

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January 1, 2010

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Mitt Romney - that rare political breed, a Republican elected statewide in Massachusetts - told supporters yesterday that if Scott Brown can pull off a similar feat next month in the US Senate special election, it “would shock the country and send a strong message that business as usual in Washington is coming to an end.’’

“He would bring badly-needed fiscal restraint to an out-of-control budget process that is adding trillions of dollars to our national debt,’’ said Romney, the former Bay State governor who gives every indication he’s preparing a second presidential bid in 2012.

Brown “is running a determined campaign to make history by becoming the first Republican senator from Massachusetts in 30 years,’’ Romney added in his December “month in review’’ message to backers of his Free & Strong America political action committee.

“If he is successful, Scott will be the crucial 41st vote against President Obama’s health care bill when it comes back to the Senate for final passage.’’

Brown, a state senator facing an uphill fight against Attorney General Martha Coakley in the Jan. 19 balloting, has hit Coakley, a Democrat, for her health care stands and caused waves on Wednesday by airing a TV ad tying himself to John F. Kennedy, a Democratic icon and the brother of the man the two are vying to replace, the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy.

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Radio host Limbaugh still in hospital after chest pain
HONOLULU - Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh remained hospitalized in Hawaii yesterday after experiencing chest pains similar to a heart attack, according to the guest host on his nationally syndicated radio show.

Limbaugh was rushed to a Honolulu hospital Wednesday during a vacation.

Guest host Walter E. Williams described Limbaugh’s pains as similar to the feeling of a “heart attack coming on.’’ But Williams said doctors haven’t confirmed whether the 58-year-old had a heart attack, and more exams were planned yesterday.

“Rush continues to rest very comfortably in a hospital in Honolulu this afternoon - actually, it’s morning out there,’’ Williams said.

“He had a comfortable night and he’s getting good medical attention.’’

Williams, an economics professor at George Mason University, was already scheduled to fill in while Limbaugh was on vacation.

Kit Carson, Limbaugh’s chief of staff, said Limbaugh left for his Christmas vacation on Dec. 23 and was due to return to his show Jan. 4. Carson didn’t say whether that schedule would change.

His three-hour weekday show is heard on some 600 radio stations across the country.

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