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NH GOP gubernatorial candidates Havenstein, Hemingway square off in debate

New Hampshire Union Leader

August 23. 2014 11:02PM

EXETER - Republican candidates for governor said they are running to restore the state's fiscal health.

Walt Havenstein and Andrew Hemingway, during a debate at historic Exeter Town Hall on Saturday, promised to create jobs and curb government growth.

"We have seen a massive, massive growth in our state government," Hemingway said.

Havenstein said a right-to-work bill would be among the first he would pursue if elected governor.

"The issue isn't revenue, the issue is spending," Havenstein said.

Hemingway, who also supports right-to-work, said small businesses need more support, and part of that is making sure government gets out of the way.The winner of the GOP primary on Sept. 9 faces off with Gov. Maggie Hassan, a first-term Democrat from Exeter, in the general election.Havenstein and Hemingway had a couple of policy differences to questions posed by moderator Jeff Chidester.

Havenstein said climate change was scientifically proven; Hemingway disagreed.

Hemingway said significant voter fraud exists in New Hampshire. Havenstein said there is no significant proof of existing voter fraud (proven in a court of law), but he does support the voter ID law.

The gubernatorial hopefuls appeared on stage before Republican candidates for Congress (1st District) and U.S. Senate.

The Exeter Republican Town Committee, Rockingham County Republican Committee and Seacoast Republican Women sponsored the debates.

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