BRAINTREE — Republican U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren were joined yesterday on the campaign trail by two former political rivals as they scrapped for votes in the waning hours of Massachusetts’ grueling U.S. Senate race.
Former Republican Gov. William Weld campaigned with Brown at a rally yesterday at Boston’s Faneuil Hall, while Democratic Sen. John Kerry joined Warren at a campaign stop at Braintree High School.
Weld characterized the Brown and Warren race as “man versus machine,” while Kerry said he needed Warren as a partner in the Senate to help push President Obama’s agenda.
Weld recalled being with Brown on the final weekend in 2010 before Brown won the special election to fill the Senate seat left vacant by the death of longtime Democratic Sen. Edward Kennedy.
“It was man versus machine then and it’s still man versus machine today. The reason that doesn’t change is that the machine never rests, the machine never sleeps,” Weld said yesterday. “All it does is say, ‘I want some more automatic votes for higher taxes.’”
Brown, speaking to the cheering crowd packed into the historic venue, cast himself as he has throughout the campaign, as an independent voice who puts people over party and weighs each bill to see how it will effect Massachusetts residents before voting.
He also portrayed Warren as a lockstep Democrat who will push for higher taxes and bigger government at a time when the nation is struggling with soaring deficits.
“People are hurting. They want to work,” Brown said. “My answer is to work together, find that common ground, try to push back against the extremes on both sides and actually solve problems.”
Kerry, speaking later to a packed crowd at a school auditorium in Braintree, whipped up Warren supporters by offering a harsh critique of Mitt Romney and calling the Massachusetts Senate race pivotal for the future of the country.