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Republican Presidential Hopefuls Weigh In On Need To Fix Infrastructure

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - They were debating in Iowa today, but the bridge tragedy in Minneapolis wasn't far from the minds of the nine declared Republican presidential candidates.

They all agree that rebuilding the nation's infrastructure should be a top priority, but how to go about it may not be so simple.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani says he opposes raising the gasoline tax to fund major highway and bridge improvements, calling that approach a "knee-jerk, liberal Democratic reaction." His opponent, Mitt Romney, agrees -- saying economic development could help generate the money needed for repairs.

And Senator John McCain criticized his congressional colleagues for passing a major transportation bill this year that doesn't include money for bridge inspections and repairs. He says there were billions of dollars in pork-barrel projects in the measure instead.

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