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GOP, Dem. US Senate Hopefuls Face Off in Debate

Debate no wordsNEEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — The three Republican candidates vying for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat have jousted on everything from gay marriage and abortion to the future of Social Security and President Obama’s health care law in a televised debate.

Michael Sullivan, Gabriel Gomez and Daniel Winslow all said they support repealing the federal Defense of Marriage Act but split on abortion with Sullivan and Gomez describing themselves as “pro-life” and Winslow describing himself as “pro-choice.”

On Social Security, all three said the program should be protected for those receiving or nearing benefits, but Gomez suggested the program could be means tested, something Sullivan opposed but Winslow said should be part of the discussion.

All three said they supported repealing Obama’s 2010 health care law.

The two Democrats, U.S. Reps. Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey, were also facing each other Wednesday.

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