U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren made a stop in Hyannis on Sunday night, telling hundreds of supporters packed into a banquet room at the DoubleTree by Hilton that there was just a bit more work to do as they neared the finish line.
Standing on the small stage, with eyes, iPhones and cameras fixed on her, Warren, a first-time candidate, punched the air and frequently flashed a thumbs-up to cheers and applause as she delivered a speech about togetherness and the fight for the state's future.
"It's all of you who for over a year now have worked shoulder to shoulder trying to make sure that we pull this off, that we win this election that comes up in two more days, that we get out there with our message, that we talk to people, and our fundamental message is a message that we're in this together," Warren said. "And it is together that we're going to build our future."
Warren's stop in Hyannis was on the heels of one by her Republican opponent, Sen. Scott Brown, who visited the Cape Saturday. Her visit was part of the annual rally put on by the Barnstable Democratic Town Committee, which included a majority of the area's Democratic ticket.
"The Cape is where it happens," Warren said. "I love this, I love this."
Laughter erupted Sunday night as Warren, a Harvard professor, introduced her family, but accidentally grabbed U.S. Rep. William Keating's hand and raised it to the air, mistaking him for her husband, Bruce Mann.
"That's another lesson for a first-time candidate," she said with a laugh.
During her speech, she touched on Brown's voting record in Washington. When Brown's name came up, boos rang out.
"Here's the deal: He may have some good votes, he does have some good votes ... but when he goes down to Washington, his votes tell us whose side he's on," she said. "Too much of the time, he's been out there for the millionaires, the billionaires, for the big oil companies -- not for the families here in Massachusetts."
Hilda Haye, originally from Jamaica and now of Hyannis, was standing at the back of the room, holding a sign proclaiming health workers' support for Obama and Warren.
"She was wonderful. She's someone who touches from the core. You can feel her when she speaks," Haye said after Warren's speech. "She's one of us."
For the past two months, Haye, a technician at Cape Cod Hospital, said she's been campaigning and knocking on doors. The finish line, she said, is close.
Yarmouth fire Lt. Robert Reardon was also on hand Sunday night after returning from a trip to New York. Reardon was part of a group of firefighters from five Cape departments who worked on a FEMA search-and-rescue team in the wake of the widespread destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy. Reardon said he really liked what Warren had to say.
For a while, Reardon said, he was staunchly Republican. But then his wife, Mary, asked him to try looking at both sides of the debate. He found that he was leaning a bit more to the left than he realized previously, especially as he looked at the big picture.
"I've seen more changes since Barack Obama took office," he said.
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