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Ms. Carter, to be clearer, said that government help means weaning some adults off generational welfare and replacing it with jobs and careers that lead to self-reliance.

She also said she often uses her dad’s landscaping business as a measuring stick for the economy. That is to say when the local, state and U.S. are economies are not healthy, “people plant their own gardens.”

Q: What about government-funded abortions on demand?

A: I think that Gov. Romney made clear that he wants to have access to health care. … Government’s duty is not to fund abortion.

Here again, hers is a picture of a different sort than those within the ranks of the Republican Party, eh?

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