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Massachusetts Senate Candidates Debate In Springfield

Dave Roback, the Republican Newspaper ( pool photo)

The two candidates in the special election for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts stuck with familiar themes during a debate Tuesday night in Springfield.

   Republican Gabriel Gomez took every opening during the debate to portray Democratic Congressman Ed Markey’s long career as a liability.

   Markey criticized Gomez’s stands on gun control, tax reform and environmental issues, and insisted in doing so that he was not engaged in negative campaigning.

   There were no heated exchanges or personal attacks. After the debate Gomez told reporters his campaign was surging.. Markey said he was knocking himself out everyday to build a get out the vote organization with thousands of volunteers.

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