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Republican presidential hopefuls face-off in Iowa debate

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Republican presidential contenders for the most part remain united on leaving U.S. troops in Iraq as part of the war on terror.

The hopefuls engaged in a live debate today at Iowa's Drake University hosted and carried by ABC.

Senator John McCain predicted a battle in the Senate in September over funding the Iraq war. He says Republicans will prevail because Americans "understand the consequences of failure."

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani criticized Democrats for never using the term "Islamic terrorists," which he says is "taking political correctness to extreme."

On abortion, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney defended his past support for pro-choice policies. Romney says he gets tired of people who act "holier than thou because they've been pro-life longer" than he has.

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