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"The only reason we can believe Sen. Hassan would not someday support a broad based tax is because we'd have to have a conservative Legislature to make sure the spending was kept in check," he said. "That's not something we can always guarantee."

The candidates were split on the issue of right to work. Lamontagne said implementing right to work, which would prohibit unions from charging fees from nonmembers, would give the state a competitive edge. Hassan said it would insert the state improperly into Converse Shoes White Black

The two clashed early over Hassan's claim that Lamontagne would vote to end mandatory kindergarten in New Hampshire

"I'm the only candidate on this stage who has actually put forward an approach for how she will fund priorities," Hassan said. "And I've been very clear with people. We can't restore everything we would like to restore right away. The first thing you have to do is get the economy going again.

But Hassan said Lamontagne would have an opportunity to act on such issues.

Hassan said that when she was in the state Senate, she worked on a bill that makes it easier for utilities to cut trees that threaten power lines. Now, utilities can cut the trees if they haven't heard back within a certain timeframe from a homeowner who received a notice about the issue.

Lamontagne has called for a zero based budget, in which each agency's budget would essentially start at zero each budget cycle, and agency heads would have to demonstrate how much money they need.

"I'm the dad of two grown women," he said. "There's no way I'm going to turn my back on my daughters, my wife, my mother or any of the women of this state."

"Some agencies will be consolidated where it makes sense or some programs would be consolidated," he said. "There are going to be no sacred cows."

Lamontagne denied several times in the debate that he was a lobbyist. He said he believes Rockingham Park is the ideal place for a casino because of its location and other economic issues.

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He went on to say that he supports access to full health care for women.

The candidates tackled a range of issues in a lightning round. Both said they would support a well regulated medical marijuana law.

While both candidates support bringing a casino to New Hampshire, there are differences about how they would go about it. Hassan accused Lamontagne of being a lobbyist and working in the interests of Rockingham Park in Salem, a client of his firm.

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But Hassan maintained she would veto an income or sales tax if it came to her desk. She accused Lamontagne of wanting to amend the constitution in other ways.

"He has pre selected Rockingham, one of his firm's clients, as the location," Hassan said. "I think we should have an open and competitive bidding process to get the best deal for the state and also to make sure that the public has confidence in the process we use."

private rights versus public good. The example of superstorm Sandy was fresh in the minds of the panelists at the WMUR/Union Leader Granite State Debate. The candidates were asked if there was anything the state could do to prepare for something like the powerful storm.

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Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Ovide Lamontagne are running for the office being vacated by Democratic Gov. John Lynch.

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"Ovide does not believe it was the right choice for us to make sure that all children in New Hampshire got to go to kindergarten," Hassan said. "That's something I was proud to lead on and something Ovide has opposed."

"I don't support the idea of casinos being anywhere in New Hampshire," Lamontagne said. "I think it's an economic development issue. And it's an issue for one region of our state, and that happens to be Salem."

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"He would remove the separation of church and state through constitutional amendment, making it again possible for the state to fund religious schools," she said. "He would amend the constitution to prevent abortions even in the case of rape or incest. He would amend the constitution to allow the state to walk away from its obligation to fund local schools, something that would drive property taxes up."

Much of the debate focused on economic issues and the candidates' budget plans. Hassan has said that she would work to restore many of the budget cuts made by the last Legislature, particularly cuts to education and the university system.

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ban on creating an income tax. He said Hassan's position against the question shows she can't be trusted on the issue.

"As the governor of the state of New Hampshire, I'm duty bound to uphold the laws of this state and this country," Lamontagne said. "Roe versus Wade is the law of the land, whether I like it or not. That's not going to change, and I can't change that either."

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"New Hampshire does have a very good system, but we can do better," Lamontagne said. "And every storm, every natural disaster gives us an opportunity to see where the holes are in our infrastructure. As governor, I'll make public safety and the security of our people job one."

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"I'm a former high school teacher. I believe in education and in kindergarten," he said. "I hope the people of New Hampshire understand that there are negative ads being brought by outside parties. I support kindergarten. I would not support repealing the law that was passed, and I commend the Legislature for passing that law.

Lamontagne denied that he would have any plans to end public kindergarten in the state.

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"There are bills in the New Hampshire Legislature right now that would essentially limit or ban abortions in the first trimester. The governor will need to decide whether to sign those bills," Hassan said. "Ovide has supported the defunding of Planned Parenthood, one of the largest providers of preventive and primary care to women in this state, and if he's not going to support Planned Parenthood, that makes health care more expensive to the women of this state."

The candidates were asked to address some of the more extreme attacks in the campaign, which have come from third party ads. An ad opposing Lamontagne claimed that he opposes abortion even in cases of rape or incest.

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