WASHINGTON (AP) — As Election Day nears, congressional candidates in both parties are avoiding answering questions that could alienate critical voter groups like women and seniors.
Virginia Republican Senate candidate George Allen won't tell you how he feels about a law requiring Virginia women seeking abortions to have abdominal ultrasounds.
Three Democratic Senate candidates won't say whether they will vote for Harry Reid as majority leader if they win.
And some Republican House candidates have rebuffed questions on how they would vote on a budget blueprint passed this year by House Republicans.
Campaign strategists in both parties say there's some political usefulness in stonewalling, but candidates also risk making themselves look unsure or overly political if they don't do it right.