Gomez: 'President has done a good job of targeting people overseas'

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June 18, 2013, 10:30 pm
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(NECN/AP) - Republican Gabriel Gomez and Democrat Edward Markey clashed on everything from their records in Congress and the private sector to job creation in their final debate of Massachusetts' special U.S. Senate election.
    
Gomez defended his time as a Navy SEAL and his work in the private equity firm Advent International, saying President Barack Obama's pension fund as a former Illinois lawmaker is invested in the company.
    
Markey said Gomez should release information about other clients and defended his role in obtaining millions in tax dollars for the transformation of a polluted industrial site along the Malden River.
    
The hoped-for jobs never materialized, but Markey said the project was still a benefit to neighboring communities.

The final topic addressed by the pair of candidates was drone strikes.

"I think overseas, the President's got to have more discretion. I think that if somebody switches sides, they're absolutely targets for drones. And I think the President has done a good job of targeting people oversees."

Gomez went on to say he would be very hesitant to use drones domestically against U.S. citizens.

Markey cautiously supports the method overseas.

"We have to make sure that our national interest is at stake, that we have no other way of apprehending the individual except killing them with a drone strike."

The Congressman believes that drones in the U.S. need to be kept from infringing on privacy.

The hour-long debate Tuesday night at WGBH-TV was sponsored by a Boston media consortium.
    
The election is June 25.

See the attached video for the full clip.


Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Tags: Boston, massachusetts, Senate, R.D. Sahl, abortion, John Kerry, Democrats, Republicans, Ed Markey, gabriel gomez, special election, Roe v. Wade
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