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Walker Highlights Stances on Abortion, Immigration in GOP Debate

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had a chance to stand out in a field of 17 Republican presidential hopefuls during Thursday's GOP primary debate. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had a chance to stand out in a field of 17 Republican presidential hopefuls during Thursday's GOP primary debate. |  Photo: AP Photo/John Minchillo

August 06, 2015 10:12 PM

The first Republican primary debates took place in Cleveland, Ohio Thursday night, highlighting issues like immigration, the role of the federal government and abortion.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker had the opportunity to stand out in a field of 17 Republican presidential candidates, which businessman Donald Trump is currently leading.

Walker's first question regarded his stance on making abortion illegal, even in cases in which the mother's life may be in danger.

"I believe that is an unborn child in need of protection out there, and I've said many a time that that unborn child can be protected and that there are many other alternatives that can protect the life of that mother," Walker said.

When the debate turned to immigration, Trump said the participants would not be talking about it if it weren't for his candidacy. Walker responded to a question regarding his change of opinion on immigration policy, saying, "There's international criminal organizations penetrating our Southern base borders, and we need to do something about it. Secure the border, enforce the law, no amnesty, and go forward with a legal immigration system that gives priority to American working families and wages."

Other topics included terror and national security, Obamacare and the role of the federal government, ISIL, and same sex marriage.


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