A snapshot of key issues in Mass. US Senate race

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 24, 2013 at 2:40 pm •  Published: June 24, 2013
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Markey — Says he supports "comprehensive immigration reform" that creates a path to citizenship for those already in the country and allows individuals brought here at a young age earn citizenship by serving in the military or pursuing higher education.

DRONES

Markey — Supports use of armed drones overseas in limited circumstances when national interests are at stake. Believes any use of domestic drones should be accompanied by strict rules against spying on Americans.

Gomez — Believes U.S. should have discretion to use drones to target terrorists overseas, including Americans who have changed sides. Would be "very hesitant" about the use of drones within the U.S.

NSA SURVEILLANCE

Gomez — Believes former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, who claimed responsibility for revealing NSA surveillance programs, should be prosecuted. Also says there is a fine line between national security and personal privacy and that NSA may have gone too far absent an imminent threat to national security.

Markey — Believes Snowden should be prosecuted. Also says U.S. needs to be tough on terrorism, but that protections should be put in place to assure that innocent Americans do not have their privacy compromised.

SYRIA

Markey — Supports non-lethal assistance to Syrian opposition but opposes no-fly zone at this time and urges caution in arming rebel groups that could wind up being hostile to U.S. interests in the future.

Gomez — Believes U.S. should take a more aggressive role by establishing a no-fly zone and providing arms to trusted elements of the Syrian opposition against the Assad regime. Opposes any use of U.S. ground forces in Syria.

IRAN

Gomez — Supports stronger sanctions against Iran to prevent it from pursuing nuclear development. Considers military action against Iran to be the "last option," but says Iran must be aware there is a credible military threat.

Markey — Supports a comprehensive approach to preventing Iran from becoming a nuclear power, including sanctions that he believes are having a crippling effect on Iranian regime. Does not completely rule out military option.

GUANTANOMO BAY

Markey — Supports the closing of Guantanamo Bay as soon as possible, saying its presence has become a recruitment tool for enemies.

Gomez — Believes U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay should remain open.

AFGHANISTAN

Gomez — Supports withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan but believes it was a mistake to publicly announce timetable.

Markey — Supports withdrawal of troops and believes U.S. should meet agreed-upon timetable.

ISRAELI/PALESTINIAN PEACE TALKS

Gomez — Believes two-state solution remains viable in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, says U.S. should respect Israel's security needs and not try to "twist arms" in negotiations.

Markey — Considers two-state solution possible through negotiations. Believes that economic development must be part of the solution for the Palestinians.

DEFENSE SPENDING

Markey — Has called for cutting $100 billion on outdated Cold War era nuclear programs and focusing resources on 21st-century threats, including cybersecurity, through innovative technology.

Gomez — The former Navy SEAL favors increased funds for such things as training, equipment and health care treatment for veterans, but believes military can streamline civilian staff and certain weapons development programs.

KEYSTONE PIPELINE

Gomez — Supports proposed oil pipeline from Canada because he says it will create jobs and help promote oil independence.

Markey — Opposes Keystone, saying it bring the world's "dirtiest oil" into the U.S. and that much of it will end up being exported to other countries after reaching the end of the pipeline.

CLIMATE CHANGE

Markey — Says urgent action is needed to address global warming and would promote agenda in Senate that calls for reducing dependence on foreign oil and investment in clean energy technology.

Gomez — Calls himself "green Republican" who believes climate change is real and that humans are contributing to it. Supports energy agenda that promotes private-sector innovation and does not put U.S. at competitive disadvantage.

FISHERIES ASSISTANCE

Gomez — Has said it would be a top priority to improve the science related to measuring fishing stocks and loosen overly restrictive regulations on fishermen.

Markey — Supports federal disaster aid for fishermen and legislation to crack down on seafood fraud. Has backed federal funding for on-board catch observers.

TERM LIMITS

Markey — Opposes term limits, saying it should be left to voters to decide how long a member serves in Congress.

Gomez — Backs a two-term limit for newly elected members of the U.S. Senate and a three-term limit for newly elected members of the U.S. House. Has promised to serve no more than two full terms in Senate.