Ed Markey, Joe Kennedy to face off in first televised debate

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Rep. Joe Kennedy, III (left) and Sen. Edward Markey (right) (WPRI 12/AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

BOSTON (AP) — Sen. Ed Markey and his Democratic primary challenger Rep. Joe Kennedy are planning to face off in their first televised debate.

WGBH News will host the hour-long contest Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The race is pitting two well-known politicians against each other, with Kennedy hoping to unseat the incumbent Markey.

While the two Democrats share many policy positions, Kennedy has argued that it’s time for new leadership.

Markey is 73 and has served in Congress for decades, first in the House and later in the Senate. Kennedy is also helped by his family’s long political history in Massachusetts.

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