SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The two major Party Candidates for U-S Senator from Massachusetts clashed in Springfield Tuesday night in their second televised political debate.
Appearing in the studios of public television station WGBY exactly two weeks before election day, Edward Markey and Gabriel Gomez talked about everything from gun control to clean energy.
"And on the question of solar and wind, which Mr. Gomez seems to denigrate, Let me just tell you, we're in the middle of a renewable energy revolution," said Markey, a Democrat.
Republican candidate Gomez responded, "I'm not sure where that negative attack came from about denigrating solar and wind, sir. Because I wasn't denigrating it by any means."
Markey took issue with Gomez defining himself as a "Green Republican," especially regarding his support for the proposed Keystone Pipeline.
"Keystone is a project that we should be investing in, said Gomez, "It creates jobs. It lowers energy costs, and makes us less energy dependent around thew world. It's also a national security issue, and it's environmentally friendly."
"We have to continue to import oil from OPEC at OPEC prices. And we allow the Canadians to build a pipeline through our country, which then exports it, and we take the environmental risk. Where is the economic benefit for our country?" Markey asked.
While both candidates support a national minimum wage of $10 per hour, it didn't sound like they agreed on the issue.
Gomez said, "People don't just want to earn ten dollars per hour. They want to have a chance at the American Dream, and that does not include being stuck earning ten dollars per hour, congressman."
"There are 580,000 people in Massachusetts right now at or near the minimum wage. Their dream is just to get up to ten dollars an hour," Markey responded.
On Gun Control, Gomez supports expanded background checks. Markey advocates an assault weapons ban.
You watch the entire candidates' debate on wwlp.com.