Obama takes center stage in Massachusetts Senate race
May 2nd, 2012
09:29 AM ET
3 years ago

Obama takes center stage in Massachusetts Senate race

(CNN) – President Barack Obama has made his way into the contentious Massachusetts Senate race with Democrat Elizabeth Warren highlighting her ties to the president and Republican Sen. Scott Brown using a recent White House bill signing to prove his bipartisan streak.

A speech the president delivered in support of Warren anchors a new Warren television ad, in which he praises her as "one of the country's fiercest advocates for the middle class."

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"She came up with an idea for a new independent agency that would have one simple overriding mission: Standing up for consumers and middle class families," Obama said during a speech at the White House that is played in the commercial.

Warren, a Harvard Law professor, helped establish the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau under the Obama administration before returning to Massachusetts full-time to explore a Senate run.

Warren's words conclude the 30-second ad, during which she says her White House work proves "We can take on the big guys and win." The spot is scheduled to run statewide, according to her campaign.

The release coincides with a speech incumbent Sen. Brown is scheduled to make Wednesday in Boston to address the importance of bipartisanship, according to his office.

Brown, who won a special election in early 2010 following the death of longtime Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, started airing a radio ad Tuesday with a similar message. It pointed specifically to Senate legislation he introduced that was eventually signed by the president.

"A bill I introduced to give a tax credit to businesses that hire veterans was passed with bipartisan support," Brown said in the spot.

"Standing with President Obama on the day he signed it into law was another one of those great experiences," he added after outlining his service in the National Guard. "Whatever else may separate us, we are Americans first. To me, that means we need to work together now."

The two high profile rivals have raised millions in their bids to capture the Senate seat ahead of the general election.

Warren raised over $15 million in the first quarter of 2012, according to the latest filing with the Federal Election Commission, ending the fundraising period with nearly $11 million in the bank. Brown meanwhile raised almost $12 million during the same period and ended the first quarter with almost $15 million in the bank, according to his campaign's latest filing with the FEC.

The candidate's finances recently landed at the center of the race in the typically blue state. Brown and Warren released years of their tax returns on Friday. The incumbent senator has pointed to Warren's personal wealth in an effort to protect his image as a pick-up truck driving everyman. Warren is marketing herself as a champion of the middle class, pushing back against GOP criticism that her wealth makes her an unsuitable voice for the average Massachusetts voter.

Non-partisan political handicappers Charlie Cook and Stuart Rothenberg list the race as a toss-up.

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Filed under: 2012 • Elizabeth Warren • Massachusetts • Scott Brown • Senate
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. b d

    too bad she is one of the most out of touch people in this country.. does anyone remember why she lost the last time? she went on a 3 week long vacation to the Caribbean (in the middle of her campaign)... this add is nothing more than a hail mary on the part of the warren campaign

    May 2, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  2. SUBS 4 VOTES/Dutch Bad Newz, VA/GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    We need to replace Wall Street's favorite senator with Wall Street's worst nightmare.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    ELIZABETH WARREN 2012 & BEYOND

    May 2, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  3. b d

    too bad she is one of the most out of touch people in this country.. does anyone remember why she lost the last time? she went on a 3 week long vacation to the Caribbean (in the middle of her campaign)... this add is nothing more than a hail mary on the part of the warren campaign
    good lord.

    May 2, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  4. Dominican mama 4 Obama (the real one)

    It sure is good to see the Democrats continuing to "circle the wagons" around their own as opposed to stupidly disavowing each other. United they stand, divided...they lose.

    May 2, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  5. ThatsIt121

    Campaigner in Chief, at it again!

    May 2, 2012 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I learned last night that Sen. Brown, MA, is using the affordable care act to keep his 23 year old daughter on his government health care. That is the same health care he has vowed to repeal. What a hypocrite.

    May 2, 2012 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Elizabeth Warren... you mean the Elizabeth Warren who claimed to be a "Native American" in her job application to Harvard, only to be discovered later that her "roots" go back FIVE generations (making her 1/32 Native American)... THAT Elizabeth Warren? Just another democrat phony.

    May 2, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  8. Larry L

    This race is a test to see if the middle class can survive. Brown is a puppet for the fat-cats and Warren supports the other 99%.

    May 2, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Namejkane fl live from teapublican moon base no taxes, no regulation no health care, free gas.

    Gop fought the consumer watch dog at every step of the way, just goes to show their in the pockets of big business at our exspense ,vote for the republican bums at your own exspense because they sure don't represent you. Dem landslide coming in Nov, just go and vote, teapublican clowns have no chance.

    May 2, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Data Driven

    Brown's attempt to portray Warren as an out-of-touch millionaire is a losing proposition. It's the policies that matter, not who has the most money or who drives the humblest truck. FDR was inconceivably wealthy, but that didn't prevent him from understanding that a handful of aristocrats bobbing in a sea of serfs is the wrong vision for America.

    May 2, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  11. Rudy NYC

    "Brown, who won a special election in early 2010 following the death of longtime Democratic Sen. Ted Kennedy, started airing a radio ad Tuesday with a similar message."
    -----------------
    In other words, the constant Republican claim that Democrats had filibuster proof majority in Senate for two years is an outright lie. It ended with Ted Kennedy's passing and Brown's subsequent election win. Prior to Kennedy's passing, Democrats still had to contend with anti-Obama Sen. Joe Leiberman.

    May 2, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  12. Ed1

    I wouldn't want your endorsement with the poor rating of your own job approval as President.

    May 2, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  13. Gimmeabreak!

    Obama: blah, blah, blah!

    May 2, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  14. Independant Texan

    We need more "Elizabeth Warrens" to run for office. She is smart, capable,cool headed, and willing to serve. I hope she wins............

    May 2, 2012 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Remember, without a Middle Class we have a Aparthied Government and if you don't believe me, look it up.

    May 2, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. Gurgyl

    Truth of the matter is this election is all about
    Rich v/s American Middle Class.

    May 2, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |