GRAFTON, Mass. —U.S. Sen. Scott Brown rolled into Grafton on a bright blue campaign coach bus, stopped at the Post Office Pub, and told a packed room that he is a voice for Massachusetts women and the issues that matter to them.
Standing on stage in front of a “Women for Brown” sign, the senator was flanked by U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins (R-ME), former state Rep. Karyn Polito, his wife Gail Huff, and daughter Arianna.
In the restaurant, Brown hammered home that he will “become the number one bipartisan senator” who will work to bridge the gap between the extreme left and right.
Collins, who is widely viewed as a moderate Republican, said Brown is a champion for women causes who fought against budget cuts for Planned Parenthood, a position that many of their fellow Republicans would like to see.
Collins then shifted gears. “Every issue is a woman’s issue,” she said. “Jobs, foreign policy, defense.”
Brown then spoke for 10 minutes about jobs and the economy, stressing that he wants to see tax cuts for small business owners and families, rather than “give it to Washington.”
“My opponent wants to raise taxes $3.4 trillion,” he said. “They want to take money from business and increase government programs.”
His opponent, Democrat Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard University professor and expert on bankrupcy law, denies that her stimulus programs will add to the deficit. On her website, she said the package, called “Rebuild Now”, is paid for through the existing budget and will reduce the debt by 67 percent more than Brown’s plan.
With only four campaign days left, Brown has spent a lot of time in Central Massachusetts and Metro West. Ten days ago he was in Shrewsbury and after this trip in Grafton, he traveled to Framingham.
This area is turning into a hot “bring out the vote campaign” for Brown, who saw good support in Grafton two years ago when he won the special election after the death of longtime Democratic SenatorTed Kennedy.
State Rep. George Peterson, R-Grafton, predicts Brown will win the area and the state.
“He has great support in Central Mass and in the end, people will vote for the incumbent,” he said.
Nevertheless, he said, it will be a long night before the winner is called.