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Warren Out to Energize Base With anti-Scott Brown Rant

Nov. 5, 2012

Chris Cassidy

Elizabeth Warren

Just five days before the election, a combative Elizabeth Warren yesterday sought to fire up her liberal Democrat base by caricaturing U.S. Sen. Scott Brown as a pro-rich, anti-women, lock step Republican.

"Just one more -- I could go on all day with these votes," ranted Warren as she ran through bills she said make Brown pro-millionaire and anti-women. "They will change Medicare as we know it. They will advance an agenda against women. We cannot let Republicans take over the United States Senate."

Warren clung to two themes she believes will give her the edge over Brown on Election Day -- tying him to the national GOP and ripping him for voting against the so-called equal pay for equal work bill, insurance coverage of birth control and abortion-rights advocate Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.

Warren hit McKay's in Quincy yesterday before rolling down to Brockton and New Bedford, as she launched her make-or-break final push that will include campaign appearances with a pair of big-gun Democrats, Gov. Deval Patrick and U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry.

"Now, it's true Massachusetts," Warren said. "And that is grass-roots politics. It's now face-to-face, hand-to-hand, eye-to-eye across this commonwealth."

Warren is looking to rally women to her side while reminding Democrats that Brown is a Republican in an otherwise true-blue state, said Maurice Cunningham of UMass Boston.

"The two things mesh because some of the policies of the Republican Party play so poorly with women here," Cunningham said.

The Cambridge Democrat is hoping to exploit her party's 3-to-1 advantage over Republicans in Massachusetts. But her partisan pitch carries a risk with the state's largest voting bloc, independents. And Brown's camp was quick to point out how it sharply contrasted with the senator's image as a bipartisan politician ready and willing to work with Democrats.

"The last thing we need in Washington right now is another extreme voice to vote in lock step with their party and add to the polarization of that broken city," said Brown campaign manager Jim Barnett.

"If you want to get things done, you need more bridge-builders like Scott Brown, who has a proven record of reaching across the aisle for the good of the country," Barnett added.

But with the campaign in its stretch run, Cunningham believes Warren's last order of business is to mobilize her base.

"There's an awful lot of field work to be done over the next four to five days," Cunningham said. "The troops are going to be tired, too. Giving them a little shot of adrenaline to get out and work is important for her."

Source: (c)2012 the Boston Herald. Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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