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Sheriff Candidate OK With Deadly Force To Stop Abortions

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"I would hope that it wouldn't come to that, as with any situation where someone was in danger," Szabo said. "But again, specifically talking about elective abortions and late term abortions, that is an act that needs to be stopped."

He clarified it did not apply to cases in which the mother's life was in danger. "That's a medical decision. That's out of the area I'm talking about," he said.

It's not clear what kind of chance Szabo has at winning the race. He claims endorsements from Jack Kimball, the former chairman of the state Republican Party, as well as multiple tea party groups. But WMUR reported that the state's House speaker was already calling for Szabo to drop out of the race after his comments surfaced.

Szabo said he believed sheriffs are given enormous authority under his interpretation of the Constitution. When pressed about what he would do if a prosecutor declined to charge a doctor he arrested, he said the answer was simple.

"If they choose not to do their duty and uphold the Constitution," Szabo said, "they can be brought up on charges before what's called a citizen's grand jury, which is something that's not that common in the United States. But again, it is something based in common law that's within the purview of the county sheriff."

See his whole interview with WMUR here.