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Edward Markey, Stephen Lynch agree to six debates

US Representatives Edward J. Markey and Stephen F. Lynch have agreed to debate each other six times in their battle for the Democratic nomination for the special election to fill John F. Kerry’s Senate seat.

The campaigns jointly ­announced the debate framework Monday, saying they had agreed to three general issue debates in Boston, Worcester, and Springfield.

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Three more debates will be held in Lowell, New Bedford, and another community. Those debates will focus on single ­issues, one on jobs and the economy, one on domestic policy, and one on foreign policy.

“This agreement ensures we will debate the issues that are most important to Massachusetts in regions throughout the Commonwealth,” Markey said in a statement. “Voters deserve to hear in-depth debates on the issues facing the state and the nation, and I look forward to scheduling these as soon as possible.”

Lynch, in the joint statement, said, “I am glad that we have reached agreement on ­debates and look forward to getting started as soon as possible. While I would be happy to debate more frequently, the ­reality is that we have nine weeks left in this election, and both Ed and I have to spend time in Washington trying to fix the budget mess.”

The primary is slated for April 30; the general election is June 25.

Martin Finucane can be reached at mfinucane@
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