Markey, Gomez diverge on foreign policy

Brighton, MA - 6/5/2013 - US Senate candidate Republican Gabriel Gomez spoke during the debate, while Democrat Edward Markey listened. US Senate candidates, Republican Gabriel E. Gomez (cq) and Democrat Edward J. Markey (cq) met in their first one-hour debate at WBZ-TV Studios in Brighton, MA on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The seat became vacant when John F. Kerry resigned to become US secretary of state. (Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff) Slug: 06debate Reporter: joshua miller LOID: 6.1.3164732168
US Senate candidates Gabriel Gomez and Edward Markey debated on June 5.Yoon S. Byun/Globe Staff

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With a civil war in Syria destabilizing the Middle East, the two candidates for US Senate in Massachusetts offer strongly different stances on United States foreign policy, positions that illustrate a different philosophy of what role the country should play in the world.

US Representative Edward J. Markey said he believes that addressing “poverty, injustice, hunger, disease, climate change” and other development issues abroad should be an essential part of US foreign policy, alongside diplomacy and defense.

Gabriel E. Gomez, a former Navy SEAL, describes a more narrowly focused view of the country’s role in the world, emphasizing support for allies and pressure on enemies.

The new senator will have an ability to help shape the country’s foreign policy and the constitutional prerogative to vote on treaties and ambassadors.

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