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Brown, Warren Campaign With McCain, Cleland

BOSTON — Veterans’ issues took center stage Saturday at rallies for both U.S. Senate candidates in Massachusetts. Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren appeared with Vietnam War veterans who rose to prominence in the United States Senate.

Arizona Sen. John McCain campaigns with Sen. Brown in Melrose Saturday. (Rachel Rohr/WBUR)

Sen. John McCain of Arizona joined Brown at a campaign rally in Melrose. McCain, who was a prisoner of war for more more than five years, says the U.S. is not doing enough to make sure veterans receive the benefits they earn. He said it takes more than 400 days for a vet to get a claim processed through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“My friends, that’s outrageous, it’s gotta change, and it’s gonna change,” McCain said. “And we need, we need more people like Scott Brown and me to put their feet in the fire.”

Brown said McCain was the only senator who would see him when he was running in the special election against Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, following the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy.

“We spent a good half and hour together,” Brown said. “He said, ‘Scott, you know what? You are a wonderful young man. I appreciate your military service and your dedication to your public service, but you don’t have a chance.’ ”

Brown won that election, and now he’s fighting to hang on to his seat. Polls show an extremely close race, and it’s among the most closely-watched Senate races in the country.

Former Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren campaign in Beverly Saturday. (Rachel Rohr/WBUR)

Shortly after Brown’s rally, Warren supporters packed a Baptist church in Beverly. Former U.S. Sen. Max Cleland of Georgia made the case for why Warren would be the best advocate for veterans.

Cleland, who lost both legs and an arm in Vietnam, highlighted Warren’s work as a consumer advocate — specifically on behalf of veterans.

“She didn’t forget that sometimes veterans and service members and certainly young people who come back from war are sometimes the victims of financial fraud,” Cleland said.

Warren said she understands military families because all three of her brothers served, including her oldest brother, who was “career military.”

“He did 288 combat missions in Vietnam,” Warren said of her brother. “I learned what it means to have somebody away, and in harm’s way, what it means to families all across this country.”

With just 17 days left before the election, both candidates are urging their supporters to do everything they can to help them win.

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  • TrueBlue73

    Independents are going with Scott Brown.  Massachusetts doesn’t need any more extremist left wing politicians like Liz Warren.  We’re the San Francisco East. Nice lady, maybe.  But she’s a 1%er hiding behind a phony “little guy and middle class” crusader while her true history tells us otherwise.  Her admitted lockstep party stance assures that the middle class will continue to be hammered and the lower class numbers will continue to explode in record numbers. . .     

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       Her name is Elizabeth Warren. When it comes to Senator Brown (R), independent is just another word for ineffective.

      Multimillionaire  Scott Brown sent his daughters to a private high school rather than the very good suburban town school and spent $300,000 for a four year high school education

      • TrueBlue73

         Big deal. He didn’t send his daughters to public school and spent HIS money for a better education for his children.   But it’s ok for Warren to TAKE $300,000 to teach one class? lol  I’m more concerned with how OUR money is being spent.  Like the MA company that lobbied and got $249 Million taxpayer $$ only to go bankrupt last week.  That makes 13 green companies that Obama gave OUR money to that took it and turned around and filed for bankruptcy.

        Face it, Liz Warren is an empty suit that is being pushed by the Democrat machine because she will vote and do as she’s told.  THAT is ineffective, requires no skill and lessens her as a person.   We truly can’t afford 4 more years of this “party first” garbage.

        • J__o__h__n

          If the Republicans take control of the senate, how effective will Brown be at getting them to compromise with Democrats.  His failure to get them to change the Republican platform banning abortion even in cases of rape and incest shows that the answer is not at all. 

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