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Voters Taking Closer Looks At Brown, Warren

LEOMINSTER, Mass. — With 37 days left until the election, the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts is very close as the candidates prepare to debate for a second time Monday.

A new survey shows Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren with a slight edge over Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown. The poll from The Boston Globe has Warren leading Brown, 43-38 percent.

Both candidates campaigned in Leominster Saturday, appearing about an hour apart to greet voters at the Johnny Appleseed Festival.

Warren was the first to make her way through the festival, walking briskly from booth to booth. She paused along the way as people approached to meet her or take photos.

Sen. Brown came through about an hour later. He strolled through the booths, as people stopped him, asking for photos or autographs.

Voters engaged both Brown and Warren enthusiastically. Those that didn’t interact directly with Warren or Brown definitely had their opinions of the candidates.

Take Lisa Bobka of Lunenberg. She’s an independent and said she’ll vote for Brown in November.

“I woke up,” Bobka said. “I voted for Martha Coakley last time and as soon as I did I knew I was wrong and started educating myself. He’s a moderate, he believes in women’s rights, and I just think we have a winner on our side. A man of the people.”

The story’s different for John Novelli of Leominster. He said he typically votes Democrat, and is leaning toward Warren.

“She might understand that there’s people that are very hard struggling out there. I think that Scott understands too, but not as much as Elizabeth does,” Novelli said.

But there were still several undecided voters here. Joan Millette was one of them. She voted for Brown in 2010 but said she’s leaning toward Warren now.

“It’s not really him in particular, it’s just more like the negative stuff that’s been coming up in the news,” Millette said. “Again, I really haven’t made up my mind 100 percent, so I’m really just keeping an open mind at this point.”

Jenna Quigly is another voter who still hasn’t made up her mind.

“I think I’m probably going to wait until the last minute and see,” Quigly said. “I’m kind of leaning towards him in some ways, so I have to kind of wait and see how I feel at the last minute.”

Quigly said she usually votes for Democrats but feels that neither candidate have given her enough specifics.

“I don’t know, I feel like [Warren] has a lot to say, but nothing real distinct as to how to improve the quality of life for people in Massachusetts,” Quigly said.

For all the voters I spoke with, that’s the biggest question: Who has the better plan for improving the economy?

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  • LittleStream

    Vote Democrat, Vote for Warren.  Give Obama a democratic congress to work with.

    • askthechef1

      He had that his first two years.  Failed.  Time to fire the person who does not fulfill the job requirements

      • Ericreader11

         Uh, he *succeeded* actually http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/magazine/march_april_2012/features/obamas_top_50_accomplishments035755.php usually despite tremendous GOP opposition (even to their own interests)

        • askthechef1

          Thank you for showing me the partisan crap there.  You say it as an accomplishment like the article does.  But those stats and numbers spewing out only tell a little part of the story.  It does not tell of the billions that have been lost in taxpayer dollars going to his donors. It does not show the tremendous amount of people that are out of work.  Not using his numbers starting in 2010 like he likes to do.  It does not show the amount of jobs lost due to his regulations.  It does not show the amount of cost it will be for some of the change in policies which to this date are unfunded.  But Ericreader11, keep believing the garbage.  Remember you can separate the garbage into many piles and mix it with good items, no matter how many time you do it.  It is still a pile of garbage.  

          • Sinclair2

            President Obama saved this country’s economy from a Bush administration’s crash dive.  Million of jobs were lost in the final year of the previous administration.  In two short years, Obama prevented a huge depression and slowly started to turn things around until the Republicans took over the House to begin their obstructionism.  They want Obama to fail. 

            In Obama’s second two years, the powerful rightwing propaganda machine has penetrated short-term memories directed toward those who just don’t know any better. 

            Meanwhile, Romney-the-Wrecker is desparately saying anything to win, and Bush has completely disappeared during the last four years and didn’t even attend his own party’s convention.

          • robdashu

            Oops.

      • Don_B1

        There is a “popular” idea out there, promulgated by Republicans, on Obama’s “control” of Congress.

        There were 59 votes in the Senate (including one Independent — Bernie Sanders — and one Independent-Democrat — Joseph Lieberman) until 7 July 2009 when Al Franken was sworn in, giving the Democrats60 votes necessary for cloture of a filibuster. But on 4 February 2010 Scott Brown was sworn in as the successor to Paul Kirk who had been appointed as Ted Kennedy’s successor after Sen. Kennedy’s death.

        During this time there were several Democratic Senators (Ben Nelson, D-NB, and Joseph Lieberman, I/D-CT, both “from the insurance industry,” who threatened their own filibusters against single payer and public options for healthcare reform) who opposed more stimulus spending than the $787 billion in the ARRA. This has been the biggest problem in the economy and, after February of 2010, Obama has had no chance of getting much more stimulus except by trading the extension of the Bush tax cuts for those earning over $250,000.

        This does not mean that Obama has done things perfectly (and Romney, if he tries to achieve any of his promises — except as he is walking them back, and then how will he do that much different than what Obama will do?). There is a good assessment here:

        http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/30/sunday-review/obamanomics-a-counterhistory.html?src=recg&pagewanted=all

        A more complete explication of what (, why and how) the ARRA did, and couldn’t do, is given in Michael Grunwald’s book, “The New New Deal.”

        The obstructionism of the Republican Party on every proposal that Obama has made is shown with documentation inn the book, ““It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Politics of Extremism,” by Norman Ornstein and Thomas Mann.

        • askthechef1

          Obviously this is the reason there are transcripts of all of the meeting that went on for the health care.  Closed door meeting with only one party.  No negotiations.  And I love the line that Nancy Pelosi said. “You have to pass the bill to find out what is in the bill”  This is crazy.  Did you know that AARP is the biggest winner out of the health care bill.  With the medicare advantage going away they are poised to make billions of dollars on the supplemental insurance.  

          15%of AARP’s dollars come from membership dues. The rest come form business entities and premiums for insurance.  The big farce looking our for seniors.

  • Mtk

    Sad to see that another election will be decided by the under-informed people quoted in this article.  They never have much to say that is intelligent.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Boy-Bib/100003293916830 Boy Bib

    Brown and his racist staff , lost EVERY bit of respect I had for Brown.
    GO Elizabeth!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Boy-Bib/100003293916830 Boy Bib

    The minute Brown grabbed a handful of the race baiting sludge pumped out by Michele Malkin’s and Tucker Carlson’s CESSPOOLS…he owned EVERY filthy Native American slur and stereotype that spewed.
      http://i1186.photobucket.com/albums/z379/BoyInBOYCOTT/BrownClowns.jpg

  • pam

    WE NEED TO KEEP A DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IN THE SENATE FOR A NUMBER OF OBVIOUS REASONS.

    • Vincent Lorditch

      Can you list such reasons and enlighten us? What about at least a balanced government? Instead of being dominated by one party. A government where a party dominates for years leads to abuse and corruption. We need a balance in Massachusetts. Scott Brown voting ~54% with Republicans is hardly lockstep. Unlike the other voting records of Democrats who if they dare vote moderate are slapped down and their cushy power threatened. Look at a the voting Districts in Mass, there hopelessly one sided, splitting any vote that could even threaten Democratic power. Thankfully there changing but we’ll see how that turns out.

      She’s been operating as lawyer for years in Mass and illegally at that. But almost no one will want to rock the boat. You really need to read this and the associated reading, it is a bit long but very detailed and damming.
      http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/09/elizabeth-warrens-law-license-problem/

  • Richard Brandlon

    As beneficial it would be to have at least one Republican in Congress who can think for himself, it would be better, in my opinion, to have someone who would work to put an end to the limitless greed of big banks to subvert the economy, if needed, to increase their profits.

  • Guest

    Warren is an ethnic fraud, a liar, and a hypocrite. She has spent her *political* career saying she’s for the little guy, while spending her *legal* career flipping houses, cheating injured workers, and raking in a fortune from big corporations. Anyone who votes for her is a bigger sucker than the people who voted for John Edwards.

    For real professional research into Elizabeth Warren’s political and legal background read these articles:

    http://legalinsurrection.com/tag/elizabeth-warren/

    The lefty Mass. media is covering for her like crazy. You’ll only get a true picture of Warren’s corruption is you get outside the bubble.

    • Sinclair2

      President Obama saved this country’s economy from a Bush administration’s crash dive. Millions of jobs were lost in Bush’s final years. In two short years, Obama prevented a huge depression and slowly started to turn things around until the Republicans took over the House to begin their obstructionism. They want Obama to fail.

      Here’s our choice for senator in Massachusetts:  A highly skilled legal scholar and Harvard professor with humble roots; or a former part-time real estate lawyer (passing papers) and two-day-per-month JAG officer with a history of gay bashing former state senator Cheryl Jacques and many others. Also, his voting record for women is abomitable.

      By the way, Browns wife said awhile back (Emily Rooney show) that their marriage lasted all these years because they left out politics.

    • Blucat2000

      Wow that’s a great unbiased site you link to there. Lot’s of expose on a wide variety of politicians from both parties. Not.

      I’d be happy to get outside my bubble if it didn’t mean I had to get into yours.

      By cheating injured workers I assume you are referring to the asbestos case where the injured workers just endorsed her? Those suckers!

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