Candidates in Mass. US Senate race prep for debate
BOSTON (AP) -- Democrat Edward Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez are gearing up for the first of three televised debates in the state's special U.S. Senate election.
Both candidates say they are looking forward to the debates that are shaping up as pivotal to their campaign hopes.
They square off Wednesday evening in a match-up sponsored by WBZ-TV and The Boston Globe.
The stakes may be particularly high for Gomez who has touted his political newcomer status but remains an unknown quantity to many Massachusetts voters.
Markey has a different challenge. Despite serving 36 years in the U.S. House, Markey has tried to deflect criticism that he's an out-of-touch Washington insider.
Markey was little known outside his district in Boston's northern and western suburbs before the election.
The special election is June 25.