Ohio GOP Candidate Defends Nazi Re-Enactments

By Ann Sanner | October 11, 2010 | 2:11 PM EDT

Columbus, Ohio (AP) - A Republican congressional candidate from Ohio says he did nothing wrong by wearing a Nazi uniform to participate in World War II re-enactments.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Rich Iott said Monday that he took part in the historical re-enactments to educate the public. He says he does not agree with what the Nazis did to Jews.

Iott says he participated in re-enactments for several years as a part of his interest in history. He says he has also worn U.S. uniforms in re-enactments.

The House Republicans' No. 2 leader, Eric Cantor of Virginia, said Sunday he would not support someone who would dress up in a Nazi uniform.

Iott is running against Democratic incumbent Rep. Marcy Kaptur in northwest Ohio.