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6:11
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Thanks for joining us ahead of Springfield's Democratic Senate debate between U.S. Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch. Live coverage of the debate is slated to begin at 7 p.m.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 6:11 Mandy Hofmockel
6:16
Mandy Hofmockel
Supporters of Markey and Lynch gather outside PBS affiliate WGBY where Springfield's Democratic Senate debate will be held.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 6:16 
6:16
At the #masen debate in Springfield, @lynchforsenate is in the building. pic.twitter.com/ljGX2gmEg2
Tuesday April 23, 2013 6:16 RRizzuto413
6:18
Mandy Hofmockel
Lynch supporters gather outside WGBY ahead of the debate.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 6:18 
6:31
Folks are arriving at the #MaSen debate in Springfield. We start at 7 after a moment of silence for #Boston. pic.twitter.com/qFzszStFmE
Tuesday April 23, 2013 6:31 RRizzuto413
6:42
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Political reporter Shira Schoenberg writes that pro-Stephen Lynch union activists outnumber Ed Markey supporters prior to the Springfield debate.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 6:42 Mandy Hofmockel
6:52
Inside the control room is where the magic happens. Tune in at 7 via local tv or masslive.com pic.twitter.com/xk4OxCPiQo
Tuesday April 23, 2013 6:52 RRizzuto413
6:55
Mandy Hofmockel: 
We're about to get started here at 7 p.m. with WGBY moderator Jim Madigan.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 6:55 Mandy Hofmockel
7:01
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Markey and Lynch are at their podiums, and Madigan is introducing the candidates.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:01 Mandy Hofmockel
7:02
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Madigan asks the audience to observe a moment of silence out of respect for those impacted by the Boston bombings.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:02 Mandy Hofmockel
7:03
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:03 RMCStrategies
7:04
Great job connecting to WMass by Lynch giving Holyoke props for K9 assistance #mapoli #masendebate
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:04 RMCStrategies
7:04
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Lynch: Markey has voted against the Department of Homeland Security appropriations bills.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:04 Mandy Hofmockel
7:04
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Both candidates are talking national security issues.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:04 Mandy Hofmockel
7:06
Tweeting live at Smith's Billiards pic.twitter.com/qgk3J5hefG
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:06 RMCStrategies
7:06
Whoa. Markey not taking it lying down. Equates Lynch strategy to Rove Swiftboating...Thoughts were Markey was soft last night...not tonight
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:06 RMCStrategies
7:06
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Markey: Steve has taken a page right out of the Karl Rove swift boat playbook, and it's very sad. I voted to make sure our country was protected. I voted to make sure that there was screening on planes. Yes, I did vote no because my job is to ensure security.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:06 Mandy Hofmockel
7:07
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Lynch: I didn't take the page from Karl Rove's playbook. I took the page from your voting record.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:07 Mandy Hofmockel
7:07
Key point that every member but Lynch voted as Markey did on the bill...Smart because all of MA Congresspeople are popular in their district
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:07 RMCStrategies
7:08
Markey attaching himself to his colleagues
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:08 RMCStrategies
7:09
So interesting with the change in dates because of Boston having back to back debates...seems like Markey team spent all day today on prep
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:09 RMCStrategies
7:09
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Madigan: Do you agree with allowing the questioning of a suspect like the one in the Boston bombing without reading him his Miranda rights?
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:09 Mandy Hofmockel
7:09
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Markey: I agree with the decision Obama made and I would not second guess it.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:09 Mandy Hofmockel
7:10
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Lynch: After the initial bombing, both of these suspects went to other locations. At the time they went to Watertown, they had other weapons. In this situation, it was absolutely appropriate to suspend the Miranda warnings.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:10 Mandy Hofmockel
7:11
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Lynch circles back to homeland security.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:11 Mandy Hofmockel
7:11
It's clear that Markey camp wants to run as a true blue democrat who supports President and votes as the rest of the Dem delegation does.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:11 RMCStrategies
7:12
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Markey: Again, it might have been called the port security bill, but it did not screen for nuclear materials coming into Boston harbor.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:12 Mandy Hofmockel
7:12
@MArkeyforMA and @lynchforsenate have staffers tweeting during debate to drive home bosses points...gotta love social media...
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:12 RMCStrategies
7:12
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Markey: You should just get the record straight, Steve.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:12 Mandy Hofmockel
7:13
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Lynch: This is fiction time now. You're so far out on the left, it's ridiculous.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:13 Mandy Hofmockel
7:14
Lynch really going after Markey now on being so far to the left...
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:14 RMCStrategies
7:14
Within first 10 minutes of the #WesternMa debate, it's getting heated between @EdMarkey and @lynchforsenate & national security is the topic
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:14 RRizzuto413
7:15
It looks like the strategy of Lynch camp is that if Markey is going to run to the left push him so far to the left that he is unelectable
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:15 RMCStrategies
7:15
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Lynch: It was just a resolution to offer condolences to the victims' families.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:15 Mandy Hofmockel
7:15
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Lynch: In a simple resolution to offer condolences to the 9/11 victims families, I think it was more than policy.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:15 Mandy Hofmockel
7:16
Not a bad strategy because there are more unenrolleds who are middle of the road then folks on far left...
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:16 RMCStrategies
7:16
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Madigan: Are we doing enough to protect against the threats from North Korea?
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:16 Mandy Hofmockel
7:16
Lynch really driving home his point...
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:16 RMCStrategies
7:18
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Lynch: I think we are. We need to really bring the international community together. I think we have friends in that region like Japan and South Korea that we have to reassure. I think caution but backing up that caution with proper preparation is the way to proceed.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:18 Mandy Hofmockel
7:20
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Markey: We're very fortunate to have John Kerry as our Secretary of State at this time. Everything he is doing is carefully calibrated to illicit specific responses from North Korea. He is saying to the South Koreans, we've got your back. The United States will not allow these sociopathic leaders to hold the whole world hostage.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:20 Mandy Hofmockel
7:20
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Lynch and Markey pass on an extra 30 seconds on that topic.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:20 Mandy Hofmockel
7:20
Both candidates showing former Senator and SOS Kerry love...
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:20 RMCStrategies
7:21
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Madigan: How far should the U.S. go to prevent a country like Iran from gaining access to nuclear weapons?
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:21 Mandy Hofmockel
7:21
Both camps have a strong presence in WMass...post debate parties are interestingly enough probably 20 seconds from each other on Main St.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:21 RMCStrategies
7:22
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Markey: We cannot allow Iran having that weapons program. We must build a coalition to create the strongest sanctions. We must say that we are not going to tolerate you having a nuclear weapon.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:22 Mandy Hofmockel
7:24
The twittersphere of handles supporting the candidates is almost as scrappy as the debate right now...
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:24 RMCStrategies
7:24
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Lynch: I don't think there's a lot of difference between Ed and I on this. I think there's also an affirmative step we can take to protect Israel's position. Israel's not perfect, but neither are we. There's a lot of love for Israel and the people of Israel here in the U.S.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:24 Mandy Hofmockel
7:25
Its making me thinking that two night back to back debates is not a bad idea
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:25 RMCStrategies
7:25
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Markey: If Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran put down their weapons, there would be peace. If Israel put down their weapons, there would be no more Israel.
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:25 Mandy Hofmockel
7:26
Jim Madigan is aces by the way... @wgby has a top shelf guy there... as good or better than any moderator at any level...
Tuesday April 23, 2013 7:26 RMCStrategies
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