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Senate Candidates Debate War, Taxes, Jobs In Final Debate

State Sen. Scott Brown (R-Wrentham) and Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley prepare for the Senate candidates' debate on Monday night. (Steven Senne/AP)

State Sen. Scott Brown (R-Wrentham) and Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley prepare for the Senate candidates' debate on Monday night. (Steven Senne/AP)

BOSTON — In their final debate before a special election next week, the U.S. Senate candidates sparred, sometimes combatively, on issues including taxes, job creation, health care reform, the war in Afghanistan and the treatment of suspected terrorists.

Democratic Attorney General Martha Coakley invoked Kennedy in saying health care is a right, not a privilege.

“This system is broken. Massachusetts will benefit with $500 million, closing the doughnut hole for prescriptions for seniors,” Coakley said. “It’s a good plan for Massachusetts.”

Coakley said she would vote against a final national health care overhaul if it includes a more restrictive anti-abortion amendment that was part of the House version of the bill, but believed the final version of the bill would include the less restrictive Senate language, which she could support.

State Sen. Scott Brown (R-Wrentham) said the proposed health care bills should be scrapped and other states allowed to pass their own overhauls, as Massachusetts did in 2006.

“What we will be doing for the next, pick a number, three, four, five years, we will be subsidizing what other states have failed to do,” Brown said.

Joseph L. Kennedy, a Libertarian unrelated to the late senator, also opposes the bill, calling it “pork” for some senators to bring home.

“Health care will pass, it will be bought for, because of the politics as usual going on in Washington,” Kennedy said. “The question is who is going to work to repeal it once it passes?”

The special election is set for Jan. 19.

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  • Peter Ward

    Not nice when Brown said the seat he seeks isn’t Ted kennedy’s, but the people’s. He was throwing a bone to the right wing. He was patronizing, telling Coakley she didn’t understand the law, and jingoistic with too many references to his military service.

  • Tom

    If you elect Jewish people to the Senate or Congress,then you will get a liberal anti white agenda.Proof of this is that every Jewish senator has voted for health care Reed and Polosi style.Not that we need proof.They all support the Jewish head master Mr George Soros.This man is their leader in all anti white agenda,s that the Jews are for.So you elect a Jew and you are voting against your race and country.

  • James Hovland

    What’s with Tom the anti-Semite? Jews are cool, extremists are not. Tom seems to be way over on the ‘not’ side.

    Welcome to the 21st century. Prejudice and racism are no longer acceptable. Racism is lame. Like a horse that will never run free again.

    People should vote for the best candidate.

    I lean left because I don’t mind people being different colors, I just don’t like my air or water to be that way.

    If you want to vote with the people who actually want to fix our social programs, vote for the Democrat.

    The GOP would rather prove that all these programs are a disaster and that our government is incapable of doing anything right. Except war.

  • janet johnson

    Can we all agree to ignore the sleazy creep who wrote the first post– the one who bravely identifies himself as “Tom”?
    I’ve read a lot and watched 2 debates, but I still don’t know what Scott Brown HAS done or WILL do if elected. He says he’ll be against raising taxes. That’s nice, but is there any other reason why he would be good for us? And does he realize that a Senator is just one of 535 people who pass or defeat laws? He didn’t embarrass himself tonight, but he’s a cipher, sort of an empty suit. I prefer the actual person with an actual recors and actual ideas.

  • James Hovland

    Torn between two parties?

    I have to ask. After eight long year of GOP power in the house, did everyone enjoy our free market utopia? What a bubbly time we had. Maybe the decade of bubbles is what we’ll call it. OPEC was the biggest of them all, and people still don’t know what that means.

    Balanced trade? Who needs balanced trade when the ‘Axis of Evil’ only sells oil in the dollar? Oh! they don’t like being called the ‘Axis of Evil’? Oops. Nice one Dubya! That bubble wasn’t supposed to burst. Oh well, at least you brought the flowers back to Afghanistan.

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