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Tuesday
Nov062012

Elizabeth Warren Wins Massachusetts Senate Race

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- ABC News projects that Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Senate candidate in Massachusetts, will win her race, picking off a Republican seat for the Democrats in the battle for control of the Senate.

Billed as one of the most important races in the fight to control the Democratic-led Senate, the contest pitted Warren against Sen. Scott Brown, the incumbent who shocked the political establishment in 2010 with his victory in a special election to fill the seat that the late Sen. Ted Kennedy held for 47 years.

This is the year that Kennedy would have been up for re-election, so Brown was up again a mere two years after his first win.

Brown, 53, and Warren, 63, engaged in what was the year's most expensive Senate race for spending by candidates only, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The campaigns had spent more than $70 million collectively by mid-October.

More remarkable: The race was almost entirely absent of any outside spending, the result of an agreement between the candidates called "The People's Pledge," which vowed to keep outside ads out of the hotly contested race.

Those familiar with Massachusetts politics, including Brown himself, always expected Democrats to mount a serious attempt to take back the seat this time around.

The wild card was who would jump in to challenge the freshman senator. That candidate turned out to be Warren, a professor at Harvard Law School and creator of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a newly formed, federal department that developed under the Obama administration.

With a good level of name recognition established as a result of her work with the agency, as well as her oversight of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (more commonly known as TARP) and a lengthy resume, Warren was the Democrats' answer to the much-considered question of who could challenge the popular senator.

Warren announced her candidacy in September 2011, and the race was fierce from then on.

The conversation in the Senate race mirrored the presidential race, with Brown attacking Warren for comments she made in 2011 when she said "there is nobody in this country who got rich on his own." The comments mirrored Obama's "you didn't build that" remarks in July on which Republicans pounced.

Brown launched a "Thank You for Building This" tour as part of his campaign's efforts to highlight the senator's support for free enterprise. Brown kicked off the tour in early August by bringing coffee and donuts to a construction crew in Framingham, Mass.

Warren didn't back down from her comments, however. Indeed, the first-time candidate made infrastructure a big part of her proposed policy agenda, launching her "Rebuild Now" tour that called for an investment in the country's infrastructure.

Warren's unapologetic support for such government investment has helped to make her a rising star within the Democratic base.

Brown has assailed Warren for listing her herself as "Native American" on law school documents early in her teaching career.

"Elizabeth Warren said she was a Native American, a person of color," Brown said at their first debate in September, gesturing toward Warren. "As you can see, she's not."

Polls showed the race to be a virtual dead heat until the end, when Warren started to pull ahead in the deep-blue state in the final weeks.

 

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Oct252012

Warren and Brown: Mass. Matchup Is Hottest in Country

Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call(BOSTON) -- In the fight for the Massachusetts Senate seat, it's an epic battle between Republican incumbent Sen. Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren, the liberal crusader famous for taking on Wall Street.

The outcome of this race could decide the control of the United States Senate.

ABC News recently sat down with both candidates while out on the campaign trail in the fever pitch leading up to Election Day.

No Senate race in the country has been more expensive and more personal.

This contest is the most expensive Senate race so far in terms of money raised, with both sides raising over $50 million total. Spending is very high too: More than $33 million has been spent, the second-most expensive in the country, a figure underscored by the fact that both candidates made a pact in January agreeing not to accept advertising by outside groups.

Brown is a moderate who often defies his own party, but as Warren reminds voters every day, a vote for Brown is also a vote to put Republicans in charge.

"People all around the country understand that this race may be for control of the United States Senate," Warren told ABC News in an interview in Taunton, Mass.

"It's really about standing up for working families and that is what this race is about at the national level and it's part of what this race is about on the Senate level," Warren said.

Warren has shattered records for fundraising and nearly 60 percent of the donations to her campaign have come from out-of-state.

It was something of a political miracle when he won Ted Kennedy's Senate seat two years ago, but now Scott Brown is finding out how hard it is for a Republican to win again in Massachusetts.

Brown, who can only hold on to his Senate seat if a lot of Democrats vote for him, doesn't like to talk about that issue, saying it doesn't matter much to him which party wins the majority in the Senate come November.

"For me it doesn't really matter who is in charge," he told ABC News in an interview in Worchester, Mass., adding that the real problem is the dwindling number of moderate Democrats and Republicans in the Senate. "I'm just sick of the gridlock. It makes me disgusted."

"You still need to get to 60 votes," says Brown. "I'm tired of the gridlock. It makes me just so disgusted to walk in there and see, you know, the usual spotting on votes on both sides." (Watch the ABC Interview with Scott Brown)

Brown says if Republicans gain control of the Senate, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the current minority leader, will still have to "earn my vote."

"I'm not going to be happy with the gridlock that we've had, so I'm going to wait and see, and see who emerges, see if anyone's going to challenge him, and then I'll figure it out," says Brown, who agrees that McConnell bears some of the blame for the constant obstruction.

Warren enjoyed early support from Democrats thanks to a video of her speaking on fair taxation and debt.

"There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody," Warren says in the video, which appeared online late last year. "You built a factory out there, good for you. But I want to be clear, you moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you all were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for."

Warren stands by what she said in the video.

"We all invest in education, we invest in roads, and bridges, we invest in police and firefighters and those are the conditions that we all help create so that people can grow their businesses and create opportunities for all of us and that it's really important when that happens, that we continue to pay it forward for all of us," Warren told ABC News. "Nobody pulls up the ladder. Everybody pays a fair share, and continues to make those investments in the future." (Watch ABC's interview with Elizabeth Warren)

Brown says that video has helped his campaign.

"It's actually galvanized the small business owners and the people that are out there working hard and getting up in the middle of the night or early in the morning and providing services. Third-, fourth-, fifth- generation businesses, they're deeply offended and they're voting for me."

Republicans need to pick up at least three Senate seats to win the majority on Election Day.

They've got a good chance in Republican-leaning states like North Dakota, Montana and Nebraska. And former WWE executive Linda McMahon even has a shot in Connecticut.

But Massachusetts has remained a toss-up.

Polls have been consistently neck and neck throughout the race, with Warren recently pulling a few points ahead. The latest poll shows Warren up five percentage points, 43 percent to 38 percent.

Asked why in one of the most Democratic states in the entire country, with President Obama polling now with a 30-point lead in the latest polls, this is even a race in the first place, Warren demurred.

"You know, I'm out there every single day working for every single vote," Warren replied. "That's what I should be doing and that is what I am doing."

If Democrats can defeat Brown -- they probably keep the Senate.

It may not matter to Scott Brown whether Republicans control the Senate but Elizabeth Warren is betting it will matter a whole lot to all those Democratic voters in Massachusetts.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Oct182012

US Chamber of Commerce Calls Elizabeth Warren ‘Catastrophically Antibusiness’

Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Thursday launched a new get-out-the-vote effort, sending a video to members and dropping its first piece of direct mail in the general election, attacking Democratic Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.

The chamber emailed the following video message from Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue to member businesses:

The chamber says it will reach 7 million members, distributing payroll stuffers, posters, and postcards for businesses to turn out employees and sway their votes.

On top of TV and radio ads already airing, the chamber Thursday issued its first attack mailer of the 2012 general election, the group told ABC News. The chamber had already sent a mailer in support of Sen. Dick Lugar’s losing effort in his Indiana Senate primary; but Thursday it sent this direct-mail piece to targeted registered voters in Massachusetts, where Warren is challenging incumbent GOP Sen. Scott Brown.

The mailer calls Warren “catastrophically antibusiness.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Sep252012

Mass. Senate Race: Elizabeth Warren Represented Coal Mining Co.

Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic nominee in the hotly contested Massachusetts Senate race, worked on behalf of a coal mining company in a bankruptcy case in the 90s.  The company, LTV Steel, was fighting against a congressional requirement that it pay into a retired workers health care fund, an action required by the Coal Act of 1993.

The case, which was first reported by the Boston Globe, is the second past case to surface recently that could prove politically problematic for Warren, who is currently in a close race, according to polling.  Earlier this month it was reported that Warren, who is generally recognized as one of the top experts in the area of bankruptcy law, represented another corporate client: Traveler’s Insurance in 2009.

Warren has offered an explanation for her work with both of these clients.  In the case of her work with Traveler’s Insurance, Warren worked with the company on a case where it was seeking protection against future claims, but part of the agreement reached in the case would have unlocked a $500 million settlement fund for asbestos victims.  After Warren completed her work on the case, however, that part of the agreement fell through when Traveler’s won another case allowing it to avoid paying said victims.  

Warren said on Monday in a local radio interview that “the lower court made the wrong decision” with regards to that ruling.

In the case of her work with LTV Steel, Warren’s campaign released a statement to the Boston Globe saying that the benefits of the company’s retirees were not at stake in this case.

“Elizabeth is a bankruptcy expert and has fought for years for a strong bankruptcy system that makes sure retirees, employees, victims, and others can demand payment from insolvent companies and get a fair shake,” Warren spokeswoman Alethea Harney said in the statement.  “In the LTV steel case, there was never any question that coal miners and their surviving spouses would receive their full benefits under the Coal Act.  This case involved bankruptcy principles and who would pay what into the fund.”

Nevertheless, Warren’s campaign has centered on her career of fighting for the so-called “little guy” -- so her representation of these corporations could appear to be, at least on the surface, at odds with that message.  The challenge for Warren for the next six weeks will be to make sure that voters learn about the details of the cases.

ABC News currently rates the Massachusetts Senate race as a toss-up.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Sep202012

Scott Brown Rips Elizabeth Warren Over Native American Status

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Sen. Scott Brown of Massachusetts put challenger Elizabeth Warren on the rack early during their debate Thursday night, assailing the Democrat for listing herself as "Native American" on law school documents early in her teaching career.

"Elizabeth Warren said she was a Native American, a person of color," Brown said, gesturing toward Warren. "As you can see, she's not."

The debate was the first in a series of four that will take place across the Bay State over the next 40 days. And with the latest polls showing a near-deadlock among likely voters, both candidates are counting on their performances, and the public's reaction, to swing the election their way.

Brown, who replaced Ted Kennedy in the Senate after the "Liberal Lion" died in 2009, launched the attack on Warren's decision to file as a Native American on law school directories in response to the opening question from moderator Jon Keller, who asked if the senator had questioned Warren's character during the campaign.

Warren countered, saying that her mother was "part Delaware and part Cherokee" and that she never used her designation for professional gain.

"I was going to start by saying Sen. Brown is a nice guy," she added, momentarily disquieted by the early onslaught.

"You're a nice woman, too," Brown replied.

But then he called, as he would throughout the debate, for Warren to release personnel records he said would determine if she had won any undue professional success because of her "Native American" status.

The candidates would trade jabs on everything from President Obama's defeated jobs bills (Brown voted against all three) to the Blunt Amendment, which would have granted employers the right to deny certain kinds of health care coverage if they cited "moral reasons." Brown voted against the unsuccessful Republican-sponsored measure.

Charged with submitting policy proposals that would run up the deficit, Warren was defiant.

"I'm sorry," she said, "But these are made up numbers, Sen. Brown."

Warren attempted to tie Brown to his more conservative Republican colleagues, noting that a GOP-controlled Senate could lead to Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe, who calls climate change a "hoax," being allowed to run the committee that oversees the Environmental Protection Agency.

Brown bristled at the suggestion, telling Warren, "You're not running against Jim Inhofe, you're running against me."

There had been some speculation earlier in the day that Brown, who was in Washington, D.C., until late afternoon, would miss out on the debate to vote on a short-term spending bill. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., postponed all business and accused Brown trying to find a reason not to return to Massachusetts.

Warren, who first gained public notoriety -- and liberal acclaim -- during her time heading a watchdog committee charged with pursuing accountability and transparency in the 2008 "TARP" bailouts, is considered by many Democrats to be the candidate most likely to unseat a Republican in this November's general election.

Brown and Warren will meet for a second face-to-face Oct. 1 on the campus of the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

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Thursday
Sep202012

Did Sen. Scott Brown Almost Miss Debate vs. Elizabeth Warren?

Joanne Rathe/The Boston Globe via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The first step towards winning a debate is showing up.

That almost didn’t happen for Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., who is scheduled to face off Thursday night against Senate challenger Elizabeth Warren at 7 p.m. in Boston.

As of 3:30 p.m. ET, Brown was still in Washington, held up by the prospect of late-night votes in the Senate on a continuing resolution to fund the government that needs to get passed before Congress goes into recess.

Thursday afternoon, Brown said that he would need to stay in Washington and skip the debate if there turned out to be late-night votes. That prompted Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., to declare that there would be no votes Thursday night. As he did so, Reid suggested Brown was trying to use the Senate as an excuse to get out of his debate.

“It’s obvious to me what’s going on,” Reid said. “I’ve been to a few of these rodeos. It is obvious there is a big stall taking place. One of the senators who don’t want to debate tonight won’t be in a debate. While he can’t use the Senate as an excuse, there will be no more votes today.”

Legislators were hoping to pass the bill on the continuing resolution Thursday night, no matter how late, so that the Senate would not need to be in session on Friday and so they could get back to their districts instead.

But Reid insisted that Brown not use the Senate as cover to miss the debate.

“We want the debate to go forward,” Reid said. “We’re in a very important Senate race across the country. We’ll vote tomorrow morning or do tomorrow night after midnight.”

As it turned out, Brown arrived at a Washington, D.C.-area airport and aides expected him to make tonight’s debate in Boston on time.

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Wednesday
Sep052012

Elizabeth Warren: 'The System Is Rigged'

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, speaking ahead of Bill Clinton Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention, delivered an acid rebuke of Mitt Romney and Republican economic policy.

Their vision is clear, she said: "I've got mine, and the rest of you are on your own." 

Warren, who founded the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2010, is the Harvard professor who became a YouTube hero among Democrats when she asked a small gathering of Bay State supporters, "You built a factory out there? Good for you -- but I want to be clear: You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for."

Warren has never backed off those remarks, though after her speech in Charlotte, Republicans can be expected to double down on their "we built it" attacks on her and President Obama.

Stuck in a 50-50 race with incumbent Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., Warren has pinned her candidacy on a stark populism.

"People feel like the system is rigged against them," she told conventioneers. "And here's the painful part: They're right. The system is rigged."

She also seized on one of Mitt Romney's signature gaffes, when he told a crowd at the Iowa State Fair, "Corporations are people."

Warren replied Wednesday night: "No, Gov. Romney, corporations are not people. People have hearts, they have kids, they get jobs, they get sick, they cry, they dance. They live, they love and they die. And that matters. That matters because we don't run this country for corporations, we run it for people!"

[Read a transcript of Elizabeth Warren's convention speech here.]

The remarks were right in line for Warren, whose Senate campaign often recalls her career of fighting for consumer rights and the middle class.

In 2008, she was given the job of overseeing the allocation of funds from the TARP program. During that time, Warren cultivated her liberal star, taking on the big banks in public, and appearing frequently as a guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

Warren was passed up by President Obama when he picked a chief for her Consumer Financial Protection Bureau because of fears that she would not survive a partisan Senate confirmation hearing.

So from her position at Harvard Law School, Warren turned her sights on her state's Senate race, tossing her hat into the ring in September 2011.

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Wednesday
Sep052012

DNC 2012: Elizabeth Warren to Introduce Bill Clinton and Herself

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Massachusetts residents know her well, but Wednesday night marks the introduction of Massachusetts Senate candidate and Harvard Law professor Elizabeth Warren to the national stage.

Warren, 63, is running in what will be one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country this cycle, against Republican incumbent Scott Brown.

But the choice to give Warren a coveted prime time speaking slot -- introducing Bill Clinton -- is not merely a Democratic ploy to raise her profile in the race.  Warren has earned a reputation in the past few years as a protector of the consumer and a sheriff of Wall Street, and she's developed an enthusiastic following among the Democratic base.

The Case for Warren

Warren's Senate campaign centers on her career of fighting for the consumer and the middle class.

In 2008, Warren was given the job of overseeing the allocation of funds from the TARP program.  It was during this time that Warren developed her reputation as being someone who was willing to take on the big banks.

In 2010, she helped to develop the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a newly created department in the Obama administration.  Warren was not asked to head up the department out of fears that she would not pass a Senate confirmation.

Instead, Warren turned her sights on her state's Senate race, tossing her hat into the ring in September 2011, and became a star in the state almost instantly.

The Case Against Warren

Remember Obama's "you didn't build that" remarks?  He wasn't the first one to say that: His comments track very closely to a speech Warren gave in 2011.

"You built a factory out there?  Good for you -- but I want to be clear: You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for; you hired workers the rest of us paid to educate; you were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for," Warren said.

Republicans have latched onto Obama's remarks -- even making an entire theme of one night "we build it" at their convention last week -- and the president's camp has sought to make clear the context and intention of those remarks.

"Of course Americans build their own businesses.  Every day, hardworking people sacrifice to meet a payroll, create jobs and make our economy run.  And what I said was that we need to stand behind them, as America always has," Obama said in a recent television ad.

Warren has never backed off from her remarks.  And while it seems likely that she won't be reiterating those sentiments again Wednesday night, the Republicans can be expected to attempt to remind the voting public about the speech.

The other argument against Warren has to do with her sheriff of Wall Street image.  While it plays well with the base, there's a risk that Warren could be viewed as a demonizer of big business.

What Should We Expect to Hear?


"I'm going to talk about what I've talked about for years now," Warren told ABC News in an interview in August.  "America's middle class is getting hammered and Washington is rigged to work for the big guy.  That's what got me into this race, and that's what I will talk about."

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Sunday
Aug122012

With Paul Ryan as Romney’s Running Mate, Democrats See New Attack Line in Local Races

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate for the presumptive Republican presidential ticket brought an immediate response from President Obama’s re-election campaign, but it could also have a trickle-down effect on several races in the battle for control of the Senate.

Ryan, a seven-term congressman from Wisconsin, has made waves in recent years with controversial budget proposals and his plan to overhaul Medicare.

Democrats have attacked Ryan for several years, especially since he became chairman of the House Budget Committee in 2010 after Republicans won a majority in the House, but now that Ryan is on the likely GOP presidential ticket, the attacks take on a whole new meaning.

Besides the ramifications of Romney’s decision on his own race, there’s also the question of the effect on the Senate races, where Republicans are hoping for a net gain of four seats in order to take back the majority, while also taking the White House and maintaining control of the House.

ABC News has identified six key toss-up Senate races this year: Massachusetts, Nevada, Virginia, Missouri, Montana and Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin. While it’s unclear how Ryan’s presence on the ticket will play out in any of these races, it’s becoming clear that Democrats will be using this latest development as an attack line going forward.

Virginia

Polling has found the Virginia senate race to be neck and neck, and with the presidential race very tight there as well, both candidates have approached their parties’ nominees with a sense of caution — they’re open in their support, but it’s not always highlighted, and it’s not always unwavering. Democratic Senate candidate Tim Kaine has highlighted his difference of opinion with Obama on off-shore drilling, for example.

Like many other Democrats, it appears as though the Kaine campaign sees an opportunity to hurt their opponent, former Virginia Sen. George Allen, by tying him to Ryan’s plan. Allen was present at the Romney-Ryan announcement, and Kaine quickly released a statement hitting him for having a fiscal approach that would “gut Medicare resources for millions of American seniors.”

“By standing with Paul Ryan today, George Allen continues to embrace a plan that would force hundreds of thousands of Virginia seniors to pay nearly $6,000 more each year in health care. Budgets are about priorities and George Allen’s approach would gut Medicare resources for millions of American seniors, devastate investments for education and infrastructure that grow our economy, while defending irresponsible tax breaks for the wealthiest that ballooned our deficit and drove up our debt,” Kaine for Virginia spokeswoman Brandi Hoffine said in a statement.

Missouri

Missouri is considered to be a safe bet for Republicans in this presidential cycle — Obama is unpopular and polling has consistently found Romney with a strong lead. Recent polls have shown incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in trouble (although Democrats have been buoyed by victory of Rep. Todd Akin in the Republican primary last week, as conventional wisdom suggested he was the easiest candidate for McCaskill to beat) and she’s been the target of attacks from outside groups for a long time.

McCaskill appears to view the Ryan announcement as an opportunity for a new attack line on Akin. Today she tweeted “the part of Ryan-Akin budget I hate the most? Cutting Medicare and then giving those cuts to the mega wealthy. Wrong.” Expect McCaskill, who is frequently described by her colleagues as a fighter, to hit hard with this new messaging.

Massachusetts

Republican incumbent Scott Brown has stayed away from Mitt Romney thus far; as a Republican running in a Democratic heavy state, Brown will need at least some Obama voters to cross over and vote for  him. Brown voted no on the Ryan budget in Congress, and he even went so far as to pen an op-ed in Politico explaining his reasoning, so he should in theory be able to withstand any attacks from Elizabeth Warren, his Democratic opponent, tying him to the controversial proposal.

“While I applaud Ryan for getting the conversation started, I cannot support his specific plan — and therefore will vote ‘no’ on his budget,” Brown wrote in an op-ed in Politico in May 2011.

“Why can’t I go along with the Ryan Medicare plan? First, I fear that as health inflation rises, the cost of private plans will outgrow the government premium support — and the elderly will be forced to pay ever higher deductibles and co-pays,” he wrote. “Protecting those who have been counting on the current system their entire adult lives should be the key principle of reform.”

For now, it appears as though Warren is not attempting to tie her opponent directly to the budget, but reiterate her ties to Obama.

“The choice is clear,” Warren said in a statement. “Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan will work to make the rich and powerful, richer and more powerful. I’m standing with President Obama to work for our families, to invest in our kids, and to give our small businesses a fighting chance to succeed because I believe that’s how we build a strong foundation for our future.”

Nevada

Nevada’s economic woes are well documented, and the Romney campaign hopes that said woes will put the state in the Romney column,  and the same hope exists down ballot in the tight senate race between incumbent Sen. Dean Heller and Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley. Heller voted for the Ryan budget twice — once in the House, once in the Senate — and Berkley’s campaign has already been attacking him for it.

For Berkley, who is under formal investigation from the House Ethics Committee after being accused of using her office to help her husband’s medical practice (she saved a Las Vegas area kidney transplant center, a move that appears to have benefited her husband who is a kidney specialist), the Ryan announcement could be a welcome opportunity to shift the focus. Expect Berkley to continue to charge her opponent with supporting a plan that “would end Medicare as we know it.”

Montana

Democrats have already begun to highlight an ad released by Montana Republican Senate candidate Denny Rehberg earlier this year in which the candidate specifically called out Ryan’s budget as potentially harmful to seniors.

“Rehberg refused to support a Republican budget plan that could harm the Medicare programs so many of Montana’s seniors rely on,” the ad, titled “Montana First,” said.

Shortly after Romney’s announcement, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) sent out a press release highlighting that ad, and there’s no reason to believe they won’t continue to play up the comments.

Wisconsin

This is of course the state where Ryan’s presence on the ticket is most likely to boost Republican’s chances of winning the senate seat. The Republican candidate is not yet known in this race- the primary will take place Tuesday and a challenger for Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin will emerge from a crowded field. Republicans hope Ryan’s presence on the ticket will boost turnout for Romney in the presidential race and turn the state red for the first time in a presidential election since 1984.

As it’s likely he’ll be campaigning in Wisconsin a lot, Ryan can be expected to hit the stump at least a couple of times for the chosen Republican Senate candidate, and his presence in the race could be the boost Republicans are hoping for across the board.

It’s important to note that the population of residents 65 and over in these states is within a couple percentage points of the national average of 13 percent in each instance, so there is not an obvious state where just in terms of numbers, Ryan’s presence could be a concern.

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Monday
Jun252012

Elizabeth Warren Slams Mitt Romney

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images(BOSTON) -- Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate and former White House adviser Elizabeth Warren, who has weathered negative headlines about accusations she'd exaggerated Native American roots to further her career as a "minority professor," came out swinging Monday night against Mitt Romney in a fiery address to 1,800 Obama campaign donors at Symphony Hall.

“It’s clear where President Obama stands and it’s just as clear where Mitt Romney stands,” a steely Warren told the crowd.

“No, Mitt, corporations are not people,” she deadpanned, referencing Romney’s comment from the Iowa State Fairgrounds last summer, when he explained “corporations are people, too.”

“People have hearts. They have kids. They get jobs. They get sick. They love and they cry and they dance. They live and they die,” she said. “Learn the difference.”

“And Mitt, learn this,” Warren added. “We don’t run this country for corporations. We run it for people.”

Warren, who employed her trademark impassioned, populist rhetoric, hailed President Obama has a defender of the middle class who had achieved important consumer protections in spite of aggressive Republican opposition.

“Big banks and Republicans fought tooth and nail against us. They vowed this agency [Consumer Financial Protection Bureau] would never become law. … When the money poured in and the pressure mounted against us and we were on the ropes, President Obama stood firm.

“We know where president Obama stands,” she said. “President Obama stands for working people.”

Warren introduced Obama, who then delivered his second address to donors of the day, his 99th fundraiser of the year.

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