• U.S. Senate hopefuls spar on debates, bin Laden raid


    BOSTON (AP) - The special U.S. Senate campaign between Republican Gabriel Gomez and Democrat Edward Markey is heating up just two days after the candidates won their respective party primaries.

    Gomez is pressing Markey to agree to a series of three debates before the June 25 election. Markey says he plans to debate Gomez but his campaign has not yet announced specifics.

    The Democrat, meanwhile, is highlighting Gomez' ties to a political advocacy group that produced a video faulting President Barack Obama for taking too much credit for the raid two years ago that killed Osama bin Laden.

    During an interview last year on MSNBC, Gomez credited Obama for giving the green light for the special operation to kill bin Laden, but defended the video that was released during last year's presidential campaign.

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