Partisan discord finds roots in toss-up districts

MONTGOMERY, Ohio (AP) - Rep. Steve Chabot of Cincinnati would seem an ideal Republican to be open to compromise with President Barack Obama.

He comes from a competitive district. He says bipartisanship is essential to accomplishing anything in Washington.

But Chabot tells constituents he toes an unyielding conservative line on nearly every big federal issue. He opposes new taxes even if they might open to the way to cuts in costly entitlement programs. He opposes any new gun laws. He wants deeper spending cuts.

Chabot proudly says it's hard for any politician to get to his right.

That's a boast being made by many House Republicans who want to make sure they never get defeated by another Republican who accuses them of being too cozy with Democrats.

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