WORCESTER, Mass. — It was hard to tell at times who Democrats went to see at a rally Friday evening in Worcester – Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren or the man who gave Warren's introduction, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken. Either way, the Warren campaign succeeded in energizing hundreds of supporters and volunteers during the final days of the election.
Warren attacked the record of her rival, Sen. Scott Brown, saying that the incumbent stood against Pell Grants for students and wanted to turn Medicare for seniors into a voucher system. "I'm going to work to protect social security and Medicare," Warren said.
Franken said Warren was "the first to identify that the middle class was getting squeezed."
"You never agree on everything with your Senator," Franken said, "but you want someone who doesn't pander. ... You want someone you can trust."
The former "Saturday Night Live" writer, comedian and author of the book "Rush Limbaugh Is A Big Fat Idiot" urged attendees to get out the vote. "Many of you have families. Many of you have jobs. Ignore them. Let me tell you something about kids – they love it when their parents are gone."
Democratic leaders, including Lt. Gov. Tim Murray and U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern, said the race will be close. McGovern said the state election would reverberate nationally, and that Republicans would gain control of the Senate if Brown is re-elected.
State Sen. Michael Moore, who represents the 2nd Worcester Senate District, said, "The future depends on Worcester and Worcester County."
Speaking after the rally, Moore said Friday's turnout was "a clear sign" that the Democratic base was getting energized.
Brown has been a more familiar face in Central Massachusetts during this election, having made repeated visits during the past months to Metro West communities. He spoke with seniors Friday in Auburn and had made repeated visits to Westborough.
However, Moore said, Warren is connecting with local voters.
"She may not be getting the kind of coverage Scott Brown, a sitting Senator, gets, but this is the third time I've seen her at an event here," he said.
When asked after her remarks if she had spent enough time in Central Massachusetts to connect with its residents, Warren said: "I love being here. I'm here because I want to be here."
Warren said she had become so familiar with the Coral Seafood ballroom – where the rally was held – that "I can describe the ladies room."