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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - State Republicans are coming out against "offensive" statements by a GOP state representative running for re-election and a former legislator running as a Republican for a state House seat.

The state GOP chairman, the Arkansas Republican House Caucus and U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin issued statements Saturday criticizing writings by Rep. Jon Hubbard of Jonesboro and former legislator Charlie Fuqua, who is running for a Batesville-area House seat.

Hubbard published a book in which he wrote that slaves were better off in America than they were in Central Africa. Fuqua's book says there is "no solution to the Muslim problem short of expelling all followers of the religion from the United States."

Griffin contributed $100 to the two candidates and says he wants them to donate the money to charity.

Griffin's statement: "While people have the First Amendment right to say whatever they want, the newly reported statements of Hubbard and Fuqua are ridiculous, outrageous and have no place in the civil discourse of either Party. Had I known of these statements, I would not have contributed to their campaigns. I am requesting that they give my contributions to charity."

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