PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) - Four candidates running to be the Republican nominee in the U.S. Senate race are vowing to cut federal spending, defend the Constitution and overturn the federal Affordable Care Act if elected to fill the seat being vacated by Sen. Olympia Snowe.
Former state Sen. Rick Bennett, businessman Scott D'Amboise, Attorney General William Schneider and Secretary of State Charlie Summers faced off Thursday night in the first GOP candidate forum, in Presque Isle. State Sen. Debra Plowman and state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin, who are also running in June's primary, weren't able to attend.
Eight more forums for the Republican candidates are planned. The next one is April 13 in Augusta.
The Republican race was left wide open after Snowe announced she will step down after this term.
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