SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - U. S. Senate candidates Edward Markey and Gabriel Gomez clashed in their first televised debate in Boston, Wednesday night.
The most heated topic both men debated was foreign policy. The moderator started off the topic by asking each candidate what their criteria is for taking the U. S. to war.
Markey said, "There has to be an imminent threat to the United States. There has to be no other option then for our country to send in our military; it is the most important decision".
"Putting troops on the ground is the last option that we should do, before we've expanded every form of diplomacy possible. National security has to be a threat in order for us to even consider that; and of course you want to build a coalition if possible", replied Gomez.
Perhaps the most argued issue though, was over the attack on the U. S. embassy in Libya. Gomez accused Markey and other Democrats of being more concerned about Hillary Clinton's political future, while Markey said Republicans are using the attack for "short term political gain".
Congressman Markey is in his 18th term in the U. S. House, representing Massachusetts' 5th congressional district. Gomez--a political newcomer--is a private equity investor and former U. S. Navy SEAL.
Voters will decide on June 25th whether they want Markey, Gomez, or Richard Heos of the Twelve Visions party, to take over the vacant Senate seat long held by John Kerry.
Both Markey and Gomez will face-off in two more debates before the special election. The next scheduled one will take place on Tuesday June 11, at WGBY studios in Springfield.