NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — With Election Day on Tuesday, the campaigns of U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and his Democratic rival, Elizabeth Warren, are making their closing arguments, with both rallying their supporters on Thursday night.
Warren’s event was in New Bedford.
The campaign now has a live band to accompany Warren. Thursday night, they played “Happy Days Are Here Again” to hundreds of people who filled the United Fisherman’s Club, a big hall just off a bar that has hosted many New Bedford political events.
U.S. Rep. Barney Frank made the argument the Warren campaign has been making all along: He tried to dissuade people from splitting the ticket by voting for President Obama and Brown, and he did it by nationalizing the election. Brown’s message is vote the person, not the party. Frank made an argument for voting the party, not the person.
“To vote to reelect Barack Obama and then to vote to elect Mitch McConnell majority leader of the United States Senate is the height of illogic,” Frank said.
The emotional highlight of the evening came as Frank yielded the microphone to Warren. She pointed out that this was Frank’s last political speech as a congressman, and both he and Warren were teary-eyed.
“I was going to say a million good things about Barney, but standing here with Barney and the people he loves, I know that you say it all,” Warren said.
The campaign is in its final days. It’s time to rally supporters. And that’s what Warren tried to do.
“If you care about our seniors, if you care about our students, if you care about our working families, if you care about equality for all of us, get out there every single day,” Warren urged her supporters. “Talk to people. Make this happen. We’re in this together.”
New Bedford is a city Martha Coakley won two years ago, even as Brown won every town around it. So it’s important to Warren that she turn out the vote there Tuesday.