Markey: American troops should not be on ground in Syria

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June 18, 2013, 9:23 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.

Both candidates shared their views on foreign policy, from Syria to Iraq to China.

"We have to be very careful," said Markey of Syria. "We want to back democratically oriented groups within that country. We don't want to help those elements that might come back to haunt us ... From my perspective, under no circumstances should American troops be on the ground in Syria.

"Syria's a critical part of the Middle East right now. They're Iran's last ally. And Iran is the biggest threat to the Middle East," said Gomez. "We need to make sure that we allign ourselves with the rebel group that is going to best promote democracy and peace in the Middle East."

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.

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