Republicans discuss Iraq, abortion in first debate

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - Given the location of their debate, perhaps it was only fitting that the Republican presidential hopefuls last night repeatedly invoked the name of former President Ronald Reagan. Nineteen times to be exact.

Ten candidates held forth at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on everything from the Iraq war to immigration, abortion and stem cell research.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani was the lone candidate to express a pro-choice view. He said "it would be O-K" if the Supreme Court upheld a decision that legalizes abortion.

Arizona Senator John McCain was the only candidate to unambiguously support expanded federal research into embryonic stem cells.

No candidate called for the withdrawal of U-S troops from Iraq. Although former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson said the Iraqi government should be required to vote on whether U-S troops should stay. He said if the Iraqis vote no, the US should get out.

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