OXFORD, Ohio —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 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.
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.