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August 17, 2010 at 11:11 PM

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Didier says he wants to "coach" Rossi

Posted by Jim Brunner

Republican Senate candidate Clint Didier looked to be finishing a distant third in Tuesday's primary election vote, but he wasn't ready to concede -- or to offer an automatic endorsement to Dino Rossi.

In a telephone interview from his election-night gathering in Kennewick, Didier said he wasn't ready to concede while votes remained to be counted.

"I never gave up on a football game until the last seconds were off the clock," said Didier, a two-time Super Bowl champion with the Washington Redskins.

Didier Rossi said he wanted a "sit down" with Rossi before agreeing to endorse or campaign for him.

"I'm gonna try to coach Dino up a bit on how to get my followers," he said.

"I've got to see more fire in the belly. I've got to see more conviction," Didier said. "If he wants the people who voted for me to vote for him, he better be willing to come my way."

Didier said he wants to see Rossi make some solid commitments, such as signing a no-new-taxes pledge.

Rossi, according to Didier, needs to stand for something "other than name ID - because that's what he won this thing on."

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