The Democratic and Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts met in Springfield Sunday night for their only western Massachusetts debate.
With less than three weeks until the November 6 election, Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Cambridge Democrat, and State Representative Geoff Diehl, a Whitman Republican, faced-off in their second televised debate.
The hour-long debate, hosted by the Springfield Public Forum and Western Massachusetts Consortium, tackled a number of issues including Social Security, infrastructure, climate change, gun control, public safety, and racial disparities in the criminal justice system.
“I’ve gotten more than $5 million for fire departments out here in western Massachusetts to be able to get the equipment, the training, and the personnel they need,” said Warren.
Warren more than once questioned, ‘Who does the government work for.” On the topic of gun control, she went on to say ‘people want to see sensible gun laws.’
When it comes to healthcare, Diehl told 22News, he believes Massachusetts should go back to a state solution where, he said, ‘children were covered 100 percent and 98 percent of adults.’
“I’m not running to be president of the United States, I’m running to do what’s best for the people of Massachusetts,” said Diehl. “We had a fully functioning system before we switched over to the Affordable Care Act. We lost a billion dollars overnight when we switched over.”
And it wasn’t the first hit Diehl made on Warren for saying she would have a ‘hard look’ at running for president after the November 6 election.
During the debate, supporters of Dr. Shiva Ayyadura, an American-Indian scientist who is also running for the U.S. Senate seat, stood up saying there are three candidates on the ballot, not two.
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