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Senate debate

Gomez makes bid for Democratic voters in debate

Partisan ties at forefront in candidates’ second debate

Gabriel E. Gomez sought to distance himself from the national Republican Party, using Tuesday’s second US Senate debate to embrace some key Democratic initiatives, but rival Edward J. Markey countered that, on too many issues, Gomez lines up with conservatives.

Gomez, as in the first debate, was the more aggressive of the two, turning nearly every question into an attack on Representative Markey and his nearly four decades in Washington. Markey, who is leading in the polls two weeks before the election, chose not to respond directly to most barbs, instead proclaiming his own Democratic bona fides.

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