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Huntsman, Matheson Spar Little in First Debate

Huntsman, Matheson Spar Little in First Debate

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's two major party gubernatorial candidates didn't find much to disagree about in a debate today.

It was the first of eight scheduled debates between Republican Jon Huntsman Junior and Democrat Scott Matheson Junior.

The two answered mostly questions about tax policy from the Utah League of Cities and Towns. They both agree that the state needs to overhaul its decades-old tax structure and can't undervalue the importance of economic development.

However, the two did disagree on the proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

Matheson says he's against it, while Huntsman says he supports it.

Voters will consider the amendment at the polls in November. It has been criticized even by conservatives, who say it will unintentionally harm heterosexual couples.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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