Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — The two Democratic U.S. Senate candidates have sparred on drone strikes, student debt, health care and campaign spending.

U.S. Reps. Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch said they support making marriage legal for gay couples across the country. Both also decried campaign spending by outside groups and soaring student debt, and said the country should be more cautious with use of drone strikes.

An Associated Press review found campaign spending by outside groups has topped $1.25 million in the race, most to support Markey.

Lynch again defended his decision to vote against the 2010 health care act, saying it unfairly benefits insurance companies. Markey said his vote for the bill was the proudest of his career.

The debate at UMass Lowell was sponsored by its Center for Public Opinion and the Boston Herald.

The primaries are April 30.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.


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