Ron Barber confirms support for Obama

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Ron Barber, D-Tucson Ron Barber, D-Tucson

Democrat Ron Barber is clarifying his support of President Barack Obama after declining to say who he would vote for in November during a debate.

The Arizona Daily Star reports the 8th Congressional District candidate said Thursday in a statement he "of course" supports the Democratic president.

Republican opponent Jesse Kelly asked Barber at a debate Wednesday in Tucson who he supports for president.

Barber declined to answer and said he was only focused on beating Kelly. That response drew comments from national media and Republicans.

Republicans say Barber's initial refusal to support Obama or his health care law shows he cannot be honest with voters.

A spokesman for Barber says the race for Gabrielle Giffords' seat is about who can fight for southern Arizona's middle-class families, not a national figure.

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