Brown vs. Warren: $48M and Counting

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Elizabeth Warren at a campaign event in Scituate, Massachusetts.

“The nation’s hottest Senate race is in Massachusetts.”

So notes Bloomberg Television’s Peter Cook, who has interviewed both Republican Sen. Scott Brown and challenger Elizabeth Warren, the Harvard Law professor and consumer advocate, in “a heavyweight fight that could determine control of the Senate.”

“Wall Street is watching every move,” BTV’s chief Washington correspondent adds.

“I want to go to Washington to fight for working families,” Warren is shown telling voters — “She’s a hero to the left, and Wall Street’s worst nightmare,” Cook reports.

Then a woman hugging Brown and saying: “I’m so proud of you” — “a popular Republican in a Democratic state,” Cook says.

Now Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren are locked in the most closely watched Senate race in the country, and at nearly $48 million dollars and counting — it’s also the most expensive.

In 2010 Brown took the political world by storm when he won Ted Kennedy’s senate seat with Tea Party support. Now he’s trying to keep his job by portraying the consumer advocate, TARP watchdog and Harvard professor as too liberal even for this state.

“Professor Warren is the founder of the radical occupy protest movement. She’s also the one who pushed the you didn’t build it mentality, demonizing job creators,” Brown says.

“Washington is wired to work for those who can hire an army of lobbyists and an army of lawyers,” Warren says. “I just reached a point where I couldn’t stand it anymore and threw myself into this fight.”

Warren has raised more than$28 million,  much of it from liberal groups outside Massachusetts. After a high profile speech at the Democratic convention — in which she spoke of Wall Street lurking in Washington — she’s now leading in polls and pushing a middle class message.

“The Republicans have made it clear. They cut taxes for the richest slice at the top and you let everybody else pick up the ticket,” Warren says.

“Listen,” Brown says, “I’m a Republican from Massachusetts in the middle of a presidential year. I get that and so do the people of Massachusetts. They also understand they want a check and balance.”


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