Mass. U.S. Senate hopefuls differ on foreign policy

Sunday June 9, 2013

BOSTON (AP) -- Democrat Edward Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez have differing views on several key national security and foreign policy issues as they campaign in the special U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts.

In response to questions posed by the Associated Press, Markey called for closing the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay. Gomez says the prison should remain open until there's a "clear plan" for dealing with detainees.

Gomez urges a more aggressive response to the ongoing bloodshed in Syria, including a no-fly zone and possibly arming rebels. Markey cautions against providing assistance that could go to radical groups hostile to America.

The candidates agree Iran's nuclear program poses a threat. But while Gomez sees the need for stronger sanctions against Iran, Markey says the sanctions in place are "crippling" the regime.


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