HANOVER, N.H. (AP) _ Republican presidential hopefuls _ front-runner George Bush not among them _ politely discussed abortion, health care and gun control Thursday night in a town hall meeting in the nation's first primary state.

Stressing his opposition to abortion, Sen. John McCain said the Republican Party must nevertheless reach out to voters who differ and ``have respectful disagreements _ and not a single one of his four rivals on the Dartmouth College stage offered any immediate challenge.

Steve Forbes, Sen. Orrin Hatch, Gary Bauer and Alan Keyes all said the nation's health care system needs reforming. Each offered slightly different prescriptions, and none made any immediate attempt to draw distinctions with his rivals.

Together, the five men shared the stage for a debate sponsored by CNN and WMUR-TV. It was the second such event in two nights in the Granite State _ Vice President Al Gore and Democratic rival Bill Bradley patrolled the same stage on Wednesday night.

The only discord in the first 30 minutes came when an unidentified woman interrupted the proceedings to demand a cut in military spending to benefit health care and education. Moderators swiftly regained control of the proceedings.