11/3/12 5:46 PM EDT
BOSTON â 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 stateâs first female senator.
Scott Brown offered a more dour message, lamenting a country âin troubleâ and alluding to âdirty tricksâ by Democrats willing to do anything to cling to power.
As the two crisscrossed the Bay State Saturday, their closing pitches couldnât be more different, both in message and in tone.
Warren, whoâs now widely expected to win, rallied with civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis and Gov. Deval Patrick.
âWe can taste it. Can you taste it?,â Warren said to cheers by the hundreds who gathered at the Reggie Lewis Center in downtown Boston. âCan you smell it? Can you feel it? Itâs up to us â¦ Are you ready?â
Speaking before her, Lewis â a historic figure himself as one of the original Freedom Riders who nearly lost his life in Selma, Alabama â argued that electing Warren would rekindle fond memories of Camelot.
âWe need a senator from this state in the tradition of John F. Kennedy, in the tradition of [Sen.] Ted Kennedy,â he said. âVote like youâve never voted before. Vote for Elizabeth Warren.â
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 countryâs problems.
âThe unemployment numbers have gone up nationally. Theyâre 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. Weâre in trouble,â Brown said in his opening remarks to supporters.
âMake no mistake about if folks, they want the so-called âKennedy seatâ 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,â 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.