Senate hopefuls Markey, Lynch spar in debate
BOSTON (AP) -- The two Democratic U.S. Senate candidates have again sparred on health care, abortion rights, gay marriage and campaign spending.
U.S. Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch said they support making marriage legal for gay couples across the country. Both also decried campaign spending by outside groups in the Democratic primary.
An Associated Press review of campaign finance records found spending by outside groups has topped $1.25 million, most of the money going to support Markey.
Lynch again defended his decision to vote against the 2010 health care act, saying it unfairly benefits insurance companies. Markey called his vote in favor of the bill the proudest of his career.
The webcast debate at UMass Lowell was sponsored by the university's Center for Public Opinion and the Boston Herald.
Three Republicans are also running.
The primaries are April 30.