BOSTON (WWLP) – Democratic incumbent Senator Edward Markey and Republican challenger Kevin O’Connor sparred on everything from mask-wearing to the Green New Deal in their first and only scheduled debate Monday evening.
The matchup was hosted by GBH News with each candidate in a different studio at the station.
Turns out that was a last minute change the station said was needed to help protect against the coronavirus.
The two immediately split on whether to mandate mask-wearing to combat the coronavirus.
O’Connor said he backs guidelines that encourage the use of masks but opposes a mandate.
Markey said he supports mask mandates, including fines if necessary.
Both candidates have been campaigning across the state since the September primaries. Ed Markey was in Springfield Saturday at the Post Office to support essential workers there. Kevin O’Connor attended the rolling rally held in Palmer that drove to Leicester, which supported President Trump and state Republican candidates in the general election.