The move came hours after the 10-term incumbent said in a televised debate that he is "conflicted" about a question on the Nov. 6 ballot in Maryland that would allow illegal immigrants to attend state universities and colleges at in-state tuition rates.
Both announcements were geared toward moderating some of Bartlett's more conservative positions after
Bartlett announced Wednesday he had been endorsed by
By contrast, Bartlett has been working hard to drop Pelosi's name. He noted his relationship with the former House speaker from California during Tuesday night's debate, which was broadcast live on WUSA in Washington, D.C., as an example of his bipartisanship.
"I've traveled twice with Nancy Pelosi," Bartlett said. "She asked me to sit with her" during the 2011 State of the Union address.
Bartlett is running what most consider an uphill fight against Democrat John Delaney.
Delaney has sought to characterize Bartlett as a
Yet, despite the new district, he has maintained conservative positions on several issues. He has argued in several debates that the federal government should not have any role in education, for instance. During Tuesday's debate he questioned whether any federal regulations are needed to protect consumers.