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Republican presidential candidates Texas Gov. Rick Perry (seen here), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul have distinct deficit-reducing plans they would pursue as president. But all three are against repealing the costly Medicare drug benefit, which was passed by a Republican-led Congress in 2003 under GOP President George W. Bush. (Associated Press)

Republican presidential candidates Texas Gov. Rick Perry (seen here), former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and Texas Rep. Ron Paul have distinct deficit-reducing plans they would pursue as president. But all three are against repealing the costly Medicare drug benefit, which was passed by a Republican-led Congress in 2003 under GOP President George W. Bush. (Associated Press)

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