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Warren Courts Women Voters in Worcester

Saturday, October 27, 2012

 

Democratic hopeful Elizabeth Warren was joined by Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski to meet with "Women for Warren" supporters at the YWCA of Central Massachusetts on Friday.

In the hotly-contested Massachusetts Senate race between Warren and Republican incumbent Scott Brown, the Harvard Law professor has attempted to mobilize voters with the threat of a Republican Senate majority, and its consequences for women in the Commonwealth and across the country, if her opponent is reelected.

"This is what the YWCA is all about," Suzanne Singh Nebelung, president of the Central Mass YWCA told the crowd.

The YWCA is the nation's oldest and largest multicultural women's organization and recently celebrated 125 years of working to eliminate racism and empower women.

"Women are being challenged, and we need to be strong and stand together," said Mary Keefe, the Democratic candidate for State Representative in the 15th Worcester District.

Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski, the longest-serving woman in Congressional history, said the fate of the body she joined as the first woman Senator from Maryland in 1986 after a decade serving in the House of Representatives, could be decided here in Massachusetts.

"We must keep control of the United States Senate," she said, noting that the 12 seats in the upper house in play this November could determine the future of the United States, regardless of the outcome of the presidential race.

A Republican Senate majority, Mikulski said, means "turning the clock back."

She recalled reading Warren's book on bankruptcy in the middle class long before a Senate run was ever in the picture for the Harvard Law School professor.

"She had the right idea then, she has the right agenda now."

"I want to go to Washington to stand up for women," Warren said, to an ovation from the standing room-only crowd.

"This one really matters," she said. "This election truly is about our future."

She argued that the Republican party has made its vision for America clear, and it involves cutting taxes at the top and letting everyone else pick up the pieces.

"We are a better people than that, and we can do better than that."

Warren said that women's issues are front and center in the 2012 election, with equal pay, access to birth control and the future of the Supreme Court all hanging in the balance.

"Women are out there talking about every part of what goes on in this race," she said.

"Women get that this race is potentially about a republican agenda moving forward."

Mikulski, often referred to as "the Dean of the Women" in Congress, was a fitting partner for the day's event, Warren said.

"We're in hand-to-hand combat for the control of the United States Senate," Mikulski said, "and Massachusetts could be the deciding state over who's in charge."

The Maryland Democrat said she and the rest of her party in Washington are advocated for Warren to join them so lawmakers can work on the macro issues, as well as the so-called "macaroni and cheese issues" that affect the nation's working families on a daily basis.

Meanwhile, the Brown campaign released a new web video on Friday, called "Our Dad," which features the Senator's two daughters at their family home in Wrentham talking about their father's support for their own endeavors as well as his commitment to job creators and entrepreneurs across the country.

"Dad always told us we can do and be anything we want to be," said Arianna Brown in the video.

"If we work hard, if we're determined, if we don't let anyone put us down or tell us we can't. And I think that's really fueled me, as well as Ayla, to really pursue what we want to do in this world."

"He thinks about the residents of this state, of Massachusetts," said Ayla Brown.

"He doesn't think about what's in it for him, what's in it for Scott Brown. He doesn't think like that, which I think is very important for voters." 

 

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