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GOP Senate candidates debate port, flood insurance

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By RUSS BYNUM
Associated Press

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate have some disagreements when it comes to efforts to deepen the Savannah harbor and whether the federal government should give homeowners a break on flood insurance.

Seven contenders seeking the GOP nomination to succeed retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss debated Saturday night in Savannah.

Former business CEO David Perdue and Karen Handel, Georgia's former secretary of state, marveled that government is still talking about deepening the waterway to the Port of Savannah after launching the project in the late 1990s. Rep. Jack Kingston, whose district includes the port, called them latecomers to an issue on which he's worked tirelessly.

Fellow Reps. Paul Broun and Phil Gingrey said it's unfair for taxpayers to subsidize flood insurance. Kingston said ending the government program would devastate coastal development.

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