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Presidential candidates’ talking points can seem incredibly pre-rehearsed, but an exchange last night had Hillary Clinton lost for words.

In CNN’s town hall-style Democratic debate in New Hampshire, Jim Kinhan, a Concord resident who is terminally ill with cancer, asked Clinton how she could “advance the respectful conversation that is needed around this personal choice that people may make,” to “help enhance their end of life with dignity.”


Kinhan did not explicitly mention physician-assisted suicide, but the implication was clear. Kinhan is an advocate for physician-assisted suicide in New Hampshire, which is among the 45 states that have not legalized the measure. Last month he authored an op-ed in a local paper in support of assisted suicide, and he recently testified to the state legislature about the issue.

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