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CBS News – Mass. Senate candidates spar over health care, abortion

For over a decade, Massachusetts Democrats Ed Markey and Stephen Lynch have served together in the U.S. House of Representatives — but that doesn’t mean they agree on much of anything.

Seeking the Democratic nomination for the special election to fill the seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry, the two congressmen squared off in a debate on Wednesday night, and sparks flew over just about everything, from the president’s health care law to abortion.

Lynch said he didn’t vote for the Affordable Care Act because “it was a very flawed bill and we missed a real opportunity to create real reform,” according to the Boston Globe.

Markey, who did support the bill, called his vote for the ACA “the proudest vote of my career” and told his opponent, “Steve, when that vote came up, you were wrong when you were needed most,” according to CBS affiliate WBZ.