Markey, Kennedy to face off in first debate for Senate seat
BOSTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ed Markey and his Democratic primary challenger, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, are planning to face off in their first televised debate.
WGBH News will host the hour-long debate Tuesday at 7 p.m. and also will stream it online.
The race is pitting two well-known politicians against each other, with Kennedy hoping to unseat the incumbent Markey.
Markey, 73, has served in Congress for decades — first in the House and later in the Senate. The 39-year-old Kennedy, who currently represents the state's 4th Congressional District, is a member of the state's most storied political family.
As of the start of the year, Markey had more than $4.5 million in his campaign account. Kennedy had more than $5.5 million.
The contest has been overshadowed in part by the impeachment debate and the Democratic presidential primaries.
The primary is Sept. 1.
While the two Democrats share many policy positions, Kennedy has argued it's time for new leadership.
Markey has pointed to his experience in Washington and his support for the Green New Deal resolution he introduced with New York Democratic U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez.
Kennedy is also helped by his family's long political history. He's the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy, who was attorney general in his brother John F. Kennedy's White House before being elected senator.
Stories that may interest you
Traffic has picked up across much of Connecticut as more businesses reopen and people return to work
Legislators released a draft proposal of a police accountability bill Thursday that would severely curtail the circumstances when an officer is justified in using deadly force.
Gov. Ned Lamont and state education officials say addressing the problems many poor and urban districts have had in getting students access to online learning will be a priority, even as they plan for reopening schools in the fall
A Connecticut town plans to remove a statue of its founder and leader of a massacre against the Pequot tribe from a public green