EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

March 28, 2013

Markey, Lynch spar in Democratic debate

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — NEEDHAM (AP) — Democratic congressmen Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch were vying for the support of primary voters during their first televised debate for the state’s open U.S. Senate seat.

Markey called his vote in favor of the 2010 federal affordable care act the proudest of his House career and told Lynch he was “wrong” to vote against the bill.

Lynch said he opposed President Obama’s health care plan because it had flaws, including new taxes.

On abortion, Lynch said he was “pro-life” but wouldn’t support overturning Roe v. Wade. He tried to turn the tables on Markey by pointing out that he once backed a constitutional amendment to outlaw abortion.

Markey said he has favored abortion rights for the last 30 years.

Wednesday’s 30-minute Democratic debate followed one among the three Republican candidates.