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The Republican – Democratic Senate candidates Ed Markey, Stephen Lynch trade views on health care, abortion, Keystone XL oil pipeline in Lowell debate

Democratic U.S. Reps. Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey traded views on some of the hottest issues of the U.S. Senate campaign on Monday evening, from health care to abortion to the Keystone XL oil pipeline.

The debate – the second for the Democratic candidates – was held at University of Massachusetts Lowell and sponsored by the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion and the Boston Herald. It was moderated by Jaclyn Cashman, founder of NewEnglandPost.com and a former WGBH reporter. Student panelists John Asagba, Maria Cristina Garvin and Corey Lanier asked questions.

Social and environmental issues provided much of the fodder for disagreement.

Lynch opposed Democratic President Barack Obama’s health reform bill, the Affordable Care Act, because he said it did not do enough to keep costs down.