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Havenstein: 'I'm a pro-choice Republican'
In an interview broadcast Sunday, Havenstein said he is a "moderate Republican" in responding to a question about his stand on abortion.
Havenstein said on WMUR's "CloseUP" that he is a fiscal conservative whose campaign would center on economic issues.
"My position on same-sex marriage is: We have a law on the books, I support that law," he said.
The law went into effect Jan. 1, 2010, and has survived all repeal efforts.
Asked to comment on Havenstein's statements, New Hampshire Republican State Committee Chairman Jennifer Horn responded via email, writing, "Walt Havenstein is an accomplished business leader and an excellent addition to our outstanding field of gubernatorial candidates. Republicans are looking forward to a positive and productive primary that will produce a fiscally responsible nominee who will defeat Governor Maggie Hassan."
"These are his beliefs," Goodwin said. "Walt is principled, but he's pragmatic."
Havenstein said he will champion right-to-work legislation that would prohibit mandatory union membership in the state.
While critical of the concept of casino gambling in the Granite State, Havenstein said he hasn't decided whether as governor he would veto a casino gambling bill.
Democrats have been questioning Havenstein's eligibility to run for governor, given his residence in Maryland in recent years. But, he said, he has considered New Hampshire his home for many years.
Havenstein says he is neither.
"Like many New Hampshire residents, I had to commute to work for five years, to the Washington D.C. area and when I commuted for work, I owned a condo apartment in Maryland," he said. "Because statutorily it was my primary residence, I had to pay income tax in Maryland and I was eligible for, and was granted a homestead tax credit, but I met all my obligations for tax purposes in Maryland and every other state."
Havenstein said he investigated the issue before becoming a candidate.
Havenstein faces a GOP primary challenge from conservative activist and entrepreneur Andrew Hemingway of Bristol.
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