Mass. election could be key to GOP Senate control

October 27, 2012

(CBS News) WINCHESTER, Mass. – On Election Day, Republicans would like to take control of the Senate away from the Democrats, who have a 53 to 47 majority. Thus, Republicans would have to pick up four seats.


One key to their plan is holding on to the seat they have in Massachusetts. That has become a real fight. Sen. Scott Brown is trailing the Democratic challenger, Elizabeth Warren, by six points. We spoke with both candidates.


“The folks that I am meeting day after day after day in this commonwealth,” said Warren, “they are saying to me, ‘You go girl. He voted against jobs, and that affects me. He voted against extension of unemployment, and that affects me. He voted against equal pay for equal work, and that affects me.'”

The 63-year-old Warren is trying to take back the Senate seat now held by Republican Scott Brown. He stunned Democrats in 2010 by winning the office the late Sen. Ted Kennedy held for 46 years.


The Harvard law professor, who’s never run for political office, designed the president’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She’s cultivated a reputation as a Wall Street watchdog.


“I am not a professional politician,” she said. “I got in this race because working families and little businesses have been drawing the short end of the stick for far too long now. And Washington is rigged to work for big oil, to work for Wall Street.”


When told that there are a lot of people on Wall Street who do not want to see her in office, Warren responded: “They made that pretty clear. And they have sent lots of money to Scott Brown, millions of dollars. And look, Scott Brown has been working with the folks on Wall Street for a long time.”


Wall Street is Republican Sen. Scott Brown’s biggest contributor. The financial sector donated more than $2.5 million to his re-election campaign. But in 2010, Brown cast the tie-breaking vote to pass Wall Street reforms.


“I do not owe anybody anything because nobody helped me get down there except the people of Massachusetts,” he said.

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