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REVIEWS ARE IN: “Markey Won Debate Easily,” Focused on Lynch’s Opposition To Affordable Care Act, A Woman’s Right To Choose


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Lynch Unable To Avoid Record Of Voting With Every House Republican Against Affordable Care Act, For Stupak Amendment & Abortion Ban In Military Hospitals

Charlestown, Massachusetts – The reviews are in. Ed Markey “easily” won last night’s UMass Lowell/Boston Herald debate, which focused largely on Stephen Lynch’s record of joining every House Republican in voting against the Affordable Care Act, and consistently voting against a woman’s right to choose.

Don’t just take our word for it. Take at look at this morning’s Boston Heraldand read what people are saying:

Boston Herald – Battenfeld: Markey makes a winning connection

The Malden congressman easily bested his surprisingly listless Democratic rival, U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch, in the Boston Herald-sponsored debate at UMass Lowell, and wisely reached out to independents who will decide the June 30 general election.

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

“Every single Republican voted no on [the Affordable Care Act],” Markey said. “Steve voted no on that bill. And I just don’t think he should be able to run away from his record on this.” …

Markey criticized Lynch for voting for the Stupak amendment and for a bill denying women in the military the right to have abortions at military hospitals overseas.

Boston Herald – Focus group agrees: Lynch struggled

The bad news for U.S. Rep Stephen F. Lynch — every­one in our University of Massachusetts Lowell focus group of students and faculty overwhelmingly agreed that he lost last night’s debate by stumbling through answers and at times appearing clumsy. 

WBUR – Democrats Lynch, Markey Spar In Debate

As in their previous debate, Ed Markey made spirited attacks on congressional votes Stephen Lynch had taken: against abortions for military personnel at military bases, for the so-called sequestration law and against the Affordable Care Act.

Boston Herald – Ed Markey keeps Stephen Lynch on the ropes

Underdog U.S. Rep. Stephen F. Lynch failed to gain much-needed ground on rival U.S. Rep. Edward J. Markey in a critical UMass Lowell/Boston Herald debate last night, spending much of his time fighting his way off the ropes on issues from abortion to his vote against President Obama’s health care overhaul.

Boston Globe – Ed Markey, Steve Lynch tangle in Lowell during debate

For the second debate in a row, Lynch faced consecutive questions from a student panel on issues where he has either struggled to explain shifts or has suffered political consequences. They included his vote on the Affordable Care Act, and his record on abortion policy, and gay marriage.

“While Ed Markey passionately defended a woman’s right to choose and the Affordable Care Act during last night’s debate performance, Stephen Lynch doubled down on his opposition to historic healthcare reform and consistentrecord of voting for dangerous anti-choice policies,” said Markey campaign spokesman Andrew Zucker. ” It was evident last night that, no matter how hard he tries, Stephen Lynch can’t run from his opposition to historic healthcare reform, support for the extreme anti-choice Stupak Amendment or outrageous defense of a policy that bans women serving in the military from having abortions in military hospitals.”


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