Dems turn payroll-tax fire on Senate candidates


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Brown wasnt alone among Republican senators up for reelection who called on their partys House members to pass the Senate deal. Sens. John McCainJohn McCainOvernight Defense: Congress overrides Obama 9/11 veto | Pentagon breathes easy after funding deal | More troops heading to Iraq McCain comments won't derail Bergdahl case Senators already eyeing changes to 9/11 bill after veto override MORE (Ariz.), Dick Lugar (Ind.), Dean HellerDean HellerFunding bill rejected as shutdown nears Senate lays groundwork for spending deal GOP pressures Kerry on Russia's use of Iranian airbase MORE (Nev.) and others joined the chorus calling for the House GOP to get behind the deal that Senate leaders from both parties struck.

And in North Dakota, Democrats accused freshman GOP Rep. Rick Berg — who is running for retiring Sen. Kent Conrad’s (D-N.D.) seat — of choosing his allegiance to the Tea Party over a tax break for struggling workers.

“Even during the holidays, Rick Berg and his Tea Party colleagues showed they were more interested in playing hyper-partisan games than standing up for middle-class North Dakota families, state Democratic Party spokeswoman Alison Kelly said in a news release.