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Senate candidates spar over medical care for veterans at first forum

Senate candidates spar over medical care for veterans at first forum

The two leading candidates for Maryland's open Senate seat offered contrasting visions Saturday for medical care for veterans — and broadly different views of how they would approach a seat held for three decades by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski.

Speaking at the first general election forum in the race, Republican state Del. Kathy Szeliga repeatedly described Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen as a "career politician" and said he has not done enough to address problems the Department of Veteran Affairs has faced for decades.

Asked if she would support privatizing medical care for veterans, Szeliga said that if the government cannot deliver quality medical treatment,...