Live updates: GOP Senate candidates deba...
 
6:29
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Join us at 7 p.m. for a debate between Republican Senate candidates Gabriel Gomez, Michael Sullivan and Daniel Winslow.
Thursday March 28, 2013 6:29 Mandy Hofmockel
6:31
Mandy Hofmockel: 
WGBY's Jim Madigan will be moderating our debate tonight at CityStage in Springfield.

Readers are welcome to submit questions and comments to the live chat throughout the debate.
Thursday March 28, 2013 6:31 Mandy Hofmockel
6:38
Crowd is starting to file in. Room holds 491. Plenty of seats available it seems. #masen #Springfield
Thursday March 28, 2013 6:38 PaddyJ1325
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Thursday March 28, 2013 6:49 RRizzuto413
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Gop #MaSen candidate @MikeSullivanMA in the green room. Check MassLive.com for the latest! pic.twitter.com/xHCMTA9FpX
Thursday March 28, 2013 6:53 RRizzuto413
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The crowd at CityStage waiting for the GOP Senate debate. #MaSen #MaPoli #Springfield pic.twitter.com/CbIacqd9Bg
Thursday March 28, 2013 6:55 mandyhofmockel
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Thursday March 28, 2013 6:56 RRizzuto413
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no signs, no cell phones, no flash photograph. Dave Madigan lays down the rules, #masen #mapoli
Thursday March 28, 2013 6:57 PaddyJ1325
6:58
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Jim Madigan introduced the GOP Senate candidates Gabriel Gomez, Michael Sullivan and Daniel Winslow and now we're waiting to begin.
Thursday March 28, 2013 6:58 Mandy Hofmockel
6:58
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Madigan warns the candidates not to talk over each other.
Thursday March 28, 2013 6:58 Mandy Hofmockel
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The view from the wings at the #masen debate in Springfield. pic.twitter.com/iOSp3kvfUE
Thursday March 28, 2013 6:59 RRizzuto413
7:01
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Each candidate gets one minute to answer and a thirty second rebuttal.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:01 Mandy Hofmockel
7:02
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:02 cbs3springfield
7:02
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Madigan goofs on Winslow's last name, calling him "Winthrop," but Winslow jokes about it.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:02 Mandy Hofmockel
7:03
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Winslow: I'm from here in the Pioneer Valley... It's great to be back here... Jobs are the key to what we need to grow our way out of this recession.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:03 Mandy Hofmockel
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Mandy Hofmockel: 
Gomez: I've never been a politician, I've never been in politics. I have 16 years of private sector experience. I think any one of us three would do a great job in Washington.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:04 Mandy Hofmockel
7:05
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Sullivan: I've had the opportunity to work in the private sector and in government. Our challenge is the growing debt and deficit. We need more taxpayers, but not more taxes.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:05 Mandy Hofmockel
7:06
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Winslow: I've been a judge for eight years. Now I'm in the state legislature. I have a record of reform and results.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:06 Mandy Hofmockel
7:06
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Gomez: I've been an effective leader all my life. I understand the economy. I think we need effective leaders, not managers.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:06 Mandy Hofmockel
7:07
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Sullivan: I'm worried about what's happening in Washington D.C. I know our generation is much better and I know the next generation deserves better.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:07 Mandy Hofmockel
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Mandy Hofmockel: 
Madigan: Do you have any specific ideas to improve the economy in WMass.?
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:07 Mandy Hofmockel
7:08
Despite the state's liberal lean, we have a solid crowd at CityStage for the #WesternMa GOP debate. pic.twitter.com/Dj7vzfPeyR
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:08 RRizzuto413
7:08
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Gomez: I would fight to make sure local airwings are not cut.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:08 Mandy Hofmockel
7:09
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Sullivan: Businesses and families are looking for stability. The best thing we can do for the people who are unemployed, homeless is get them jobs.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:09 Mandy Hofmockel
7:10
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Winslow: I proposed to reduce the deficit. I propose to cut special tax loopholes to big businesses. We have to get rid of this corporate cronyism.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:10 Mandy Hofmockel
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Thursday March 28, 2013 7:10 RRizzuto413
7:11
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Gomez: The only way we're going to get more business here is if we get more business-friendly policy down in D.C.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:11 Mandy Hofmockel
7:12
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Sullivan: I've had the opportunity to spend 16 years in the private sector. I have had the experience to work in the U.S. Senate.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:12 Mandy Hofmockel
7:13
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Winslow and Sullivan are getting into an exchange back and forth over taxes and tax loopholes.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:13 Mandy Hofmockel
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Mandy Hofmockel: 
Gomez: I'm not here to bash the Republican party. If we want to talk about Markey and Lynch, I will.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:13 Mandy Hofmockel
7:14
Mandy Hofmockel: 
The audience applauds a little, and Madigan asks about transportation.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:14 Mandy Hofmockel
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Gomez - I'm not here to bash the Republican party. If either of these gentlemen want to talk about Mr. Markey..." Applause #masen
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:14 PaddyJ1325
7:14
"I think government works best when theres input at the local level" Michael Sullivan #MAPOLI
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:14 cbs3springfield
7:15
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Sullivan: I wouldn't build high speed trains just for the sake of railroad tracks. I think listening to the people on these topics is key.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:15 Mandy Hofmockel
7:15
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Winslow: We can't just spend more money that we don't have. We have to make the decisions to reduce the federal budget.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:15 Mandy Hofmockel
7:16
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Gomez: You need to listen to the people. If the people of WMass. feel that this is what they need and it fits the principles of being a fiscal conservative, I would support it.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:16 Mandy Hofmockel
7:18
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Madigan: What about entitlement programs? Do you support turning medicaid into a voucher program?
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:18 Mandy Hofmockel
7:19
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Winslow: No. It's an old house that needs renovating. We also have to make sure that young people benefit from this program and balance the disability program.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:19 Mandy Hofmockel
7:20
"I do not agree with turning medicaid into a voucher program.." Dan Winslow #MAPOLI
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:20 cbs3springfield
7:20
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Gomez: The seniors who are receiving these benefits will continue to receive these benefits. We need effective leadership down in D.C. to preserve medicaid and social security.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:20 Mandy Hofmockel
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Mandy Hofmockel: 
Sullivan: I like to refer to Social Security as an earned program.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:21 Mandy Hofmockel
7:22
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Winslow: We're not going to change things in Washington by sending the same people down there.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:22 Mandy Hofmockel
7:22
"I know we refer to it as an entitled programmed but I like to think of it as an earned program" Michael Sullivan on Social Security
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:22 cbs3springfield
7:23
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Gomez: Markey has been in Congress since I was playing little league baseball.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:23 Mandy Hofmockel
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Mandy Hofmockel: 
Sullivan: We have to start by taking the fraud out.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:23 Mandy Hofmockel
7:25
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Madigan: Abortion rights activists feel Roe v. Wade could be one Supreme Court justice away from being overturned. Madigan asks about candidates feelings on Roe v. Wade.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:25 Mandy Hofmockel
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Gomez: I'm pro life but I'm not going to dc to change that law #masen
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:25 PaddyJ1325
7:26
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Sullivan: I think that we should try to find as much common ground in terms of common interest... I'm a uniter, not a divider.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:26 Mandy Hofmockel
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sullivan - I'm prolife, we should try to find common ground, Im a uniter not a divider. major duck on roe v, .wade right there. #masen
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:26 PaddyJ1325
7:27
Mandy Hofmockel: 
Winslow: I'm a big tent Republican. I'm pro-choice. I believe in limited effective government. I disagree with the RNC's plank on abortion.
Thursday March 28, 2013 7:27 Mandy Hofmockel
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