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Republican Senate Candidates Face Off in Springfield Debate

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) – The party primaries are just weeks away and tonight the Republican candidates for John Kerry’s Senate seat faced off in their first Western Mass. Debate.

Gabriel Gomez, Michael Sullivan and Daniel Winslow offered their stance on a number of different topics at City Stage in Springfield.

One question they were asked was what they would do to create jobs in Western Mass.

Gomez answered, “Defense is extremely important here in Western Mass. and one of the things I would fight for is navy littoral program. With general dynamic’s like Pittsfield’s is.  As a navy guy I know how important this navy program is both for the ships and the warfare they’re going to be fighting with down the road and the jobs it’s going to be creating for the western part of Massachusetts.”

Sullivan responded, “The best thing we can do in terms of the people who are unemployed, the people that are homeless is lift them out of poverty with good jobs in the private sector, and that’s why I’m committed  for running for the United States Senate race.”

WEB EXTRA: CLICK HERE to watch the debate in its entirety

And Winslow had this to say, “I propose to cut the special loopholes in our tax rate that give unfair advantages to big companies that can afford million dollar lobbyists and small businesses can’t afford to do that.  I think we have to have a tax plan for businesses that flatter and fair for all businesses so that all businesses pay their fair share.”

The three Republicans, along with two Democrats – U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch and U.S. Rep. Ed Markey – are all vying to for the Senate seat.

Primary elections will be held on April 30, with the Special Election slated for June 25.

The Republican Debate which started at 7:00 p.m. tonight lasted for an hour and aired on ABC40.

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