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GOP seeks traction, Democrats backpedal on NASCAR flap

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Republicans are after the electoral version of the checkered flag, and Democrats have given them a jumpstart. It came when a Democratic official suggested staffers get immunized for several diseases before heading into NASCAR country to conduct research at a pair of races. An official with the House Committee on Homeland Security suggested that staff aides get immunized before visiting health facilities at Talladega Superspeedway and Lowe's Motor Speedway. The implication drew a complaint from Republican Rep. Robin Hayes, who said he never heard of immunizations for domestic travel. Committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson told Hayes that such immunizations are "are recommended for public safety professionals working in areas such as hospitals, holding areas and similar locations." Lowe's Motor Speedway President Humpy Wheeler calls the idea of immunization laughable. He says there's never been an outbreak of a disease at a NASCAR event. (Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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