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GOP Voters and the Big Issues: War, and Abortion

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GOP Voters and the Big Issues: War, and Abortion

Election 2008

GOP Voters and the Big Issues: War, and Abortion

GOP Voters and the Big Issues: War, and Abortion

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The first debate among Republican presidential contenders highlighted the Iraq war, along with social issues like abortion.

Melissa Block talks with Tom Hudson, Placer County Republican Party Chairman in California, and Kelly Hurst, executive director of the Manchester Republican Committee in New Hampshire, about the debate.

Hudson disputes that management of the Iraq war is a big issue among GOP primary voters in his state, but Hurst says that discontent with President Bush's handling of the war is a big concern among New Hampshire's Republican voters.

And while Hurst heard flip-flopping in Gov. Mitt Romney's answer about his stand on abortion, Hudson felt Romney's response showed his skill as a masterful debater.