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November 6, 2012

Warren ousts Brown for US Senate seat

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Warren cast herself as a fighter for the middle class and portrayed Brown as beholden to “big oil” and “millionaires and billionaires.”

Brown was elected with tea party backing two years ago but steered a more centrist course in the Senate. During his campaign against Warren, he downplayed his GOP roots and touted instances in which he broke with his party, including supporting the creation of the financial watchdog agency and backing the rights of gays to serve openly in the military.

Bob Long, a 73-year-old retired accountant from Saugus, said he backed Brown and didn’t buy Warren’s campaign pitch that she was the better candidate for the middle class.

“He’s a local guy from Wakefield. I think he’s well-schooled in the needs of the average person. We all know what his background is. We all know that he didn’t come with a silver spoon in his mouth,” Long said. “That’s why I find it hard to think that he would be worrying about any millionaires.”

Fellow Saugus resident Ethel Swirka, 80, decided to vote for Warren.

“I like what she’s going to do, or going to try to do ... protect Medicare and Social Security,” Swirka said, adding that she also liked the idea of voting for a woman. “I think women should have more say in the way the government is run. It’s not a man’s world anymore.”

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