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House debate features divide on role of government

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 BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- The size and role of federal government took center
stage in a Montana U.S House debate as Republican Steve Daines and Democrat Kim
Gillan challenged each other on spending cuts, taxes and the role of environmental
regulations.
   Tuesday's face-off at Montana State University-Billings was the second of three
debates scheduled in the race to fill the seat being vacated by Republican Denny
Rehberg.  With just five weeks to go, the candidates adopted a more confrontational
 tone that highlighted their stark differences.
   Daines painted Gillan as a tax hiker, and pressed her on how she would rein
in spending that's put programs such as Medicare in jeopardy.
   Gillan shot back that Daines benefited from lucrative government contracts while
working for a Bozeman technology company. She suggested his proposals ignore
 the good that government can do.
   AP-WF-10-03-12 0143GMT

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