BRIGHTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Senate race in Massachusetts is heating up!
Moments ago, Senator Ed Markey and Representative Joe Kennedy debated for a Senate seat in Massachusetts. Senator Markey has served in Congress for decades now, he started in the House and later ran for the Senate.
Representative Joe Kennedy is challenging Senator Markey in the primary this year, in the hopes of representing the fresh and progressive ideas that he believes Massachusetts voters are looking for.
“I would like to see the discussion of infrastructure,” Barbara Kamholz of Brookline told 22News. “Congressman Kennedy has talked more than any other candidate, obviously there were other candidates previously about the kind of infrastructure change that we need at the federal level to get a progressive agenda moved forward.”
Senator Markey is defended his seat in the Senate by pointing to his voting record and the bills he’s filed like the “Green New Deal” which he partnered with Democratic Congresswoman Andrea occasion Cortez.
Supporters of both candidates lined up outside in the rain and cold for hours. 22News got the chance to speak with some of the sign holders and they all said they can’t wait to see the candidates differentiate themselves from one other.
Senator Markey discussed his decades worth of work in the Senate, including his landmark environmental bill called the ‘Green New Deal’ The crowd expected Congressman Kennedy to discuss the fresh and progressive ideas he’s hoping to bring to the Senate.
This is the first time the two Democratic candidates appeared on the debate stage together, it is the first time they pitched their future plans to Massachusetts voters head of the state primary on September 1.
Congressman Kennedy is hoping to unseat the incumbent, and represent fresh, progressive ideas in the US Senate. Senator Markey has represented Massachusetts in the US Senate for about seven years now, and before that he spent several years in the House.
“He’s done a lot of great work on issues like the green new deal, nuclear non-proliferation, his anti-war message and I think that his experience in congress has, there’s no reason for him to be supplanted by Joe Kennedy right now, he’s doing a great job and we should keep him there while we have the chance,” said Eric Spencer of Falmouth.
Ahead of the debate, Congressman Kennedy called out Senator Markey for not taking the “People’s Pledge,” a campaign finance agreement between the candidates that aims to prevent money from influencing politics.
Senator Markey did take that pledge during his last two re-election campaigns.
Tuesday night’s debate started at 7 p.m. and ended at 8 p.m.