GOP Senate contenders agree on two-term limit in primary debate

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March 15, 2013

Massachusetts

By Maresa Strano

BOSTON, Massachusetts: Less than two weeks after the candidate filing period closed for Secretary of State John Kerry's U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts, Stonehill College hosted the first GOP debate of the primary season. The March 12 debate between Daniel Winslow, Gabriel Gomez and Michael Sullivan, the three Republican candidates slated to appear on the April primary ballot, covered a range of topics including, but not limited to, headline news items like Rand Paul's drone strike filibuster and the recent sequestration.

All three candidates blamed congressional dysfunction for the $85 billion in indiscriminate spending cuts that went into effect at the beginning of the month. Their views likewise aligned on Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) recent marathon filibuster which divided Senate Republicans.[1]

Finally, prompted by Gomez' assertion that senators ought to be restricted to serving two terms, Winslow, the current frontrunner according to a poll predating the debate,[2] and Sullivan, a former U.S. Attorney, gave their word that, if elected, they would sign a pledge to cap their terms as such.[3]

One issue where they diverged was on how to deal with undocumented immigrants. Sullivan proposed that amnesty should be granted to individuals serving in the U.S. military. By contrast, Winslow and Gomez, a former Navy SEAL, stood firmly against amnesty of any variety.[4][1]

The general election is scheduled for June 25, 2013, following a primary election on April 30, 2013.[5][6]

To read more about the special election click here.

The following is a complete list of candidates who have qualified for the special election Democratic and Republican primary ballot:

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

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