BOSTON (CBS) – The race is on for the congressional seat being vacated by Barney Frank’s retirement.

WBZ’s Jon Keller recently sat down with one of the contenders, Republican Sean Bielat, who was the Republican nominee against Frank two years ago.

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On Joe Kennedy III’s candidacy:

“It obviously heightens attention to the race, which is good. It’s a good thing. This is one of the most competitive races, certainly in Massachusetts, and probably in New England. It’s a great pickup opportunity for a Republican. I think we’re gonna win it this year.”

Is Kennedy qualified to be a Congressman?

“That’s for the voters to decide. Frankly, I don’t enough about him.”

Bielat went on to discuss Kennedy’s backers, unions and life without Barney Frank in the first segment.

Watch Part 1:

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On the proposed casino in Foxboro:

“That’s a local issue. It’s not a federal issue. It’s an issue for the people of Foxboro to decide. I’ve heard a lot of opinions on both sides. There’s pros, there’s cons. It’s for the people who live in Foxboro to make that decision.”

Is casino gambling a valid form of economic growth?

“It can be. It depends on how it’s done. There’s certainly been economic benefit.”

In the second segment, Beilat went on to talk about the proposed plan to expand the Commuter Rail and what he would propose cutting from the federal budget.

Watch Part 2:

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