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NH's Hodes, Ayotte clash in 1st debate

By Norma Love
Associated Press Writer / October 11, 2010

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HENNIKER, N.H.—New Hampshire's Democratic and Republican U.S. Senate candidates don't agree on much, not jobs, tax cuts or gay rights.

Democrat Paul Hodes and Republican Kelly Ayotte debated Monday at New England College in Henniker on who is better qualified to help create jobs.

Hodes supports extending Bush-era tax cuts for all but the wealthy. Ayotte says that will hurt thousands of small business owners whose profits are treated as income under the tax laws.

They also differed over gay rights. She said she opposes gays adopting children or marrying -- both of which are legal in New Hampshire. Ayotte said she supports the state's right to set those policies. Hodes supports gay marriage and adoption as important equality rights.

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