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Rep. Tom Emmer didn't waste time Tuesday night in putting on a Bemidji State hockey jersey during a Republican gubernatorial candidate forum at BSU. Sen. David Hann, left, and former Rep. Bill Haas are all GOP candidates for governor, as well as Phil Herwig, Leslie Davis and Rep. Marty Seiftert, all at the Bemidji forum. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Candidate forum: Republican gubernatorial candidates want smaller government

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Six Republican candidates for governor differ little on the issues, but provided their own tweaks on issues ranging from the state budget to climate change.


A few candidates also sparred with some American Indian audience members over affirmative action policies, with Republican candidates saying affirmative action has been detrimental to equalizing opportunities in the workforce for minorities.

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