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Elizabeth Warren sunny, Scott Brown dour on trail

11/3/12 5:46 PM EDT BOSTON — Elizabeth Warren campaigned Saturday with the air of a winner, with her surrogates invoking the Kennedy name and alluding to the history-making potential to become the state’s first female senator. Scott Brown offered a more dour message, lamenting a country “in trouble” and alluding to “dirty tricks” by Democrats willing to do anything to cling to power. As the two crisscrossed the Bay State Saturday, their closing pitches couldn’t be more different, both in message and in tone. Warren, who’s now widely expected to win, rallied with civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis and Gov. Deval Patrick. ”We can taste it. Can you taste it?,” Warren said to cheers by the hundreds who gathered at the Reggie Lewis Center in downtown Boston. “Can you smell it? Can you feel it? It’s up to us … Are you ready?” Speaking before her, Lewis — a historic figure himself as one of the original Freedom Riders who nearly lost his life in Selma, Alabama — argued that electing Warren would rekindle fond memories of Camelot. “We need a senator from this state in the tradition of John F. Kennedy, in the tradition of [Sen.] Ted Kennedy,” he said. “Vote like you’ve never voted before. Vote for Elizabeth Warren.” Brown, a first-term Republican who won the seat in a special election two years ago after Kennedy died, said electing Warren would only exacerbate the country’s problems. “The unemployment numbers have gone up nationally. They’re going up, last three months, locally in Massachusetts. GDP growth is flat. We are in a financial emergency. We are overspending, we are overtaxing, we are taking too much of your hard earned money and bringing it to Washington. We’re in trouble,” Brown said in his opening remarks to supporters. “Make no mistake about if folks, they want the so-called ‘Kennedy seat’ back. They still refer to it as that. They want to basically have a rubberstamp down there, somebody who will be in lockstep with their party,” he continued. But Warren appeared more than happy to embrace the Kennedy narrative, even bringing along former Rhode Island Rep. Patrick Kennedy to her events Saturday.

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