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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 candidates sparred over tax rates.
"I have paid my fair share. Most of the reason that my taxes are low are just a mortgage deduction," said Markey. "In fact, Mr. Gomez says that he would put mortgage interest deduction on the table to be cut, and I think that that is just a huge mistake."
"This is about the height of hypocrisy if you think that you're paying your fair share and you've got a lower rate than your assistant, but you want people that make more money than you to pay a higher rate than your assistant, Congressman."
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.