Republicans suffering for 2008 bank bailout vote

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Some of Congress' staunchest conservatives who supported propping up the nation's banking industry are now fighting for their own political survival.

In dozens of races around the country, challengers are hammering away at the bank bailout and deriding Republican lawmakers they claim spent billions to rescue Wall Street, not Main Street.

The Republicans targeted include Rep. John Boozman of Arkansas, three-term Sen. Robert Bennett of Utah and four-term Rep. Gresham Barrett of South Carolina.

The lawmakers are grappling to explain something that didn't seem unusual for conservatives at the time. The criticism reflects how the mood has shifted on the economic rescue.

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