April 5, 2012

GOP candidates for U.S. Senate hold first debate

Four of the six Republicans seeking a primary win on June 12 draw about 75 voters to a Presque Isle forum.

By John Richardson jrichardson@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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D’Amboise, a businessman, reminded the audience that he was the only candidate who dared to run when Olympia Snowe was still seeking re-election. The other five entered the race after Snowe announced her retirement in February.

He also set himself apart by saying he would abolish the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Reserve and cut off foreign aid. He said he believes that life begins at the moment of conception.

“I am a conservative, I am a constitutionalist and I am a Christian,” he said.

D’Amboise held up his copy of the Constitution, saying he would have opposed the Supreme Court justices who were nominated by President Obama.

“Our judges – most of them don’t know what’s in this book,” he said.

D’Amboise said he would be a strong supporter of the right to bear arms.

“If we lose the Second Amendment, the government’s going to take all the other amendments away from us,” he said. “Our freedoms and our liberties are at stake.... Make no mistake, they want to grab the guns.”

The Republican candidate forums are being moderated by former Republican state Sen. Phil Harriman. The second forum in the series will be April 13 at the Augusta Elks Lodge. All six candidates are expected to attend.

Plowman issued a statement Thursday saying she intends to participate in the forums but did not want to leave the Senate during the session Thursday.

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