AUBURN, Mass. – U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren told a packed crowd of supporters and undecided voters that she’s going to fight for them in Washington, at a town hall event in Worcester on Sunday.
Warren, who is U.S. Sen. Scott Brown’s (R-Mass.) challenger in November, spoke to more than 300 local residents at the Teamsters 170 building on Route 20, telling them why she’s the better candidate to represent them on Capitol Hill.
“I grew up in an America that was creating new opportunities for our kids and I worry that America has turned in a different direction, and that’s what pulls me into the race,” the Democratic candidate told the crowd. “The Republicans’ vision for how to build the future is to say, ‘I got mine. The rest of you are on your own.’
“Our vision of America is that every single one of us has an obligation to pay forward, to help create the conditions so the next kid can make it big, and the kid after that, and the kid after that,” Warren continued. “I know this race is going to be tough, but I know that sometimes when you see a fire, you just square your shoulders and walk straight into it … I’m ready for this fight.”
After giving her pitch to the attendees, Warren took questions from the audience. People asked her about health care, foreclosures, student loans, renewable energy, Iran, among other issues.
State Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury), who moderated the question and answer session, supports Warren for Senate. He said that talking with residents directly is the “only way to find out how the people feel.”
“I think it’s very important that she’s out here,” Moore said. “Every vote counts and you can’t take anything for granted. Central Massachusetts is going to be one of the critical areas in the election and it’s great that she’s here talking with voters.”
John Walsh, chairperson of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, slammed Scott Brown for not having a town hall event for anyone to come and ask a question.
“It’s interesting that Scott Brown in two-and-a-half years has never held an event like this,” Walsh said. “I don’t know of any elected official who doesn’t do that. If you want to go to a fundraiser, he’ll talk to you, or if you buy a ticket for a chamber of commerce event, he’ll talk. But never like this open community event.”
Auburn resident Rene Gibree said he was very excited to see Warren on Sunday.
“I think she has great priorities and I think she’ll do a great job for us,” Gibree said. “She’s looking out for the middle class and we need someone like that.”