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Biden Campaigns for Senate Candidate, Bashes Republicans

Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images(DARTMOUTH, Mass.) -- Ed Markey got some help from the vice president on Saturday.

Markey, who has represented Massachusetts in the House for 36 years, will face off Tuesday against Republican Gabriel Gomez in the state’s Senate special election. Vice President Joe Biden campaigned with him at two events in the Bay State, tying his opponent to notable tea partiers in D.C. and urging Democrats not to take the election for granted.

“This is going to be the most informed freshman senator in the history of the United States of America,” Biden said of Markey, before a crowd at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Markey is expected to win — last weekend, a Boston Globe poll found him leading 54 percent to 41 percent — but Biden cautioned against surprises in a low-turnout election.

“Look folks, don’t put yourself in a position where you get up Tuesday morning, and it’s an incredibly low turnout, and you say, ‘Good God, if I’d only gone down one more block, if I’d only made 20 more calls, if I’d only spent a little more energy this wouldn’t be the case,” Biden said. “This is the first time, in my understanding, that you’ve ever had a vote for a major office in this state in the middle of June.”

The last time Massachusetts held a special Senate election, Democrats missed their chance. Republican Scott Brown flew under the radar for much of his race against Martha Coakley, and a once-bankable Senate seat fell out of the Democratic Party’s hands.

Gomez has called himself a “new kind of Republican,” but Biden spent much of the day likening him to tea party Republicans who have exerted influence over their party.

“This guy looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck,” Biden said earlier in the day, in a similar speech at the Ironworkers Local 7 union hall in South Boston. “That is a new Republican. That’s a new Paul Ryan Republican. That’s a new Ted Cruz Republican.”

Biden challenged Gomez’s opposition to the Democratic health care law and suggested he backs the same policies as Republicans in Washington.

“Why does Mitch McConnell want him so badly? Why does Newt Gingrich talk about him like he’s the second coming?” Biden asked. “Why does Marco Rubio want him so much? Look at how they vote. Look, I know Mitch McConnell pretty well, and if he wants Gabriel Gomez in his caucus, it’s not because he thinks he may ever disagree with him, it’s because he wants a Republican majority and because he knows he can count on the guy to vote on everything that he needs.”

Markey introduced the vice president at both events.

Between the two appearances, Markey and Biden made a brief stop at Sullivan’s Castle Island, a beachfront food stand in South Boston. Upon exiting his limo, Biden asked, “Are there any hot dogs here?”

After working the crowd, he ordered one with mustard and relish.

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Rep. Ed Markey to Run for John Kerry’s Senate Seat

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) -- Democratic Representative Ed Markey of Massachusetts announced plans on Thursday to run in 2013 for the U.S. Senate seat from his state that is expected to be available in the wake of Democratic Sen. John Kerry’s nomination to be the next secretary of state.

Kerry, the current chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is expected to be easily confirmed by the Senate to replace outgoing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Markey, who just won his 20th term in the House, issued a statement Thursday, saying in part, “I have decided to run for the U.S. Senate because this fight is too important.  There is so much at stake.”

“We need a Senator who will work with President Obama, and anyone else, to move our country and our Commonwealth forward.  I look forward to traveling to every corner of the Commonwealth and meeting with the people who make Massachusetts so great,” Markey said.

Kerry’s seat will be filled by a special election early next summer.  Two other Massachusetts Democrats have also expressed an interest in running for the Senate seat: Congressmen Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch.

Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown, the moderate Republican who lost his bid for re-election in November to consumer advocate Elizabeth Warren, is also expected to consider a run for Kerry's seat.

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Rep. Markey Calls for Moratorium on Nuclear Reactor Licenses

Tom Brakefield/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., introduced a new bill Tuesday that would overhaul U.S. nuclear safety and impose a moratorium on all new nuclear reactor licenses or license extensions until new safety requirements are in place that reflect the lessons learned from the Fukushima reactor meltdown.

In the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan earlier this month, Markey, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources, is also calling for new safeguards such as requiring nuclear power plants to have emergency backup plans and systems that can withstand longer electricity outages and moving spent nuclear fuel to dry cask storage facilities as soon as fuel is sufficiently cooled.

“The Nuclear Power Plant Safety Act of 2011 will help ensure that the U.S. fleet of nuclear reactors is safe,” Markey said.  “We should not wait for an American meltdown to beef up American nuclear safety measures.  We must heed the lessons to be learned from the nuclear meltdown in Japan and ensure nuclear safety here in America.”

The legislation would also require the Department of Energy to factor in the lessons learned from the Fukushima crisis when calculating the risk of default on loan guarantees for new nuclear power plants.

Beyond Markey’s new bill, the Massachusetts Democrat is separately calling on the Obama administration to provide potassium iodide for any children living within a 20-mile radius of any of the 104 nuclear power plants in the United States. He says it needs to be distributed among state and municipalities before a catastrophe because rapid deployment would be too difficult in the event of a full nuclear disaster.

Potassium iodide is particularly effective in preventing children from contracting thyroid cancer following a nuclear meltdown and is currently being distributed to Japanese children and U.S. troops stationed in Japan.

Markey says the cost of protection is about 18 cents per unit, but he was unsure how many children actually live within a 20-mile radius of a nuclear plant, or the total the initiative would cost.

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