Portland mayor wants GOP debate site moved

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Portland Mayor Sam Adams wants sponsors of a Republican presidential debate to help the city's budget by moving the site.

Adams tells the Oregonian (http://bit.ly/w21Ggb ) that police overtime costs are more than $1.5 million over budget, largely because of the Occupy Portland protest.

The state Republican party and Oregon Public Broadcasting plan the debate at OPB studios on March 19 -- but it would be canceled if a candidate has wrapped up the nomination by then.

Adams says a location nearer the airport would reduce the number of police needed for security along the route to the site.

OPB President Steve Bass says moving would add to the station's costs.

He says he'll monitor the race in coming weeks and see whether another venue is feasible.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com