MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire businessman running for sheriff of Hillsborough County says he would arrest doctors who perform abortions and would not rule out the use of deadly force to halt an abortion from taking place.

Republican Frank Szabo of Goffstown told WMUR-TV he believes elective abortions are illegal and would arrest any doctor who performs them.

When asked if he would use deadly force to prevent abortions, he said the sheriff should do “everything in their power” to prevent the abortion from happening.

Szabo is one of four candidates running for county sheriff in the district that includes Manchester. James A. Hardy is the other Republican candidate. Democratic candidates are Bill Barry and Robert Walsh, both of Manchester.

Democratic party leadership called on Republicans candidates to denounce Szabo’s stance.

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