In Massachusetts, Politico’s Morning Score previews Scott Brown’s closing ad – “People Over Party.” Every day I hold this office, I will give all that is in me to serve you well and make you proud. I’ve kept my promise to be an independent voice,’ Scott Brown says in speech footage used in the ad. ‘I put people ahead of politics, and now I need your help to keep that independent tradition alive in Massachusetts. Let me tell you, things would be a lot better in this country if more people in Washington were willing to think for themselves and work with each other for the good of America.”
- Meanwhile, the Salem News is the latest editorial board to endorse Scott Brown for re-election. [O]ur scorecard shows that Brown has heeded all of those calls and, in some cases, taken them a step or two beyond what anyone could have hoped. Despite the questionable claims about his positions by his challenger, Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, it is clear that he has fought for Massachusetts workers and taxpayers alike — and that he will continue to do so. That’s why Scott Brown is our clear choice to be re-elected to his U.S. Senate seat when voters go to the polls Nov. 6…. Brown has been an effective, bipartisan senator in his short time in office. Let’s send his independent voice back to Washington to serve Massachusetts for a full term.
- And the Boston Herald editorial board pans the faux outrage from Elizabeth Warren and the Democrats over Scott’s decision to continue his planned statewide bus tour instead of rescheduling the last debate. Certainly a recent Boston Globe poll which showed a neck and neck race (although a Suffolk University poll had her up by 7 percentage points) had nothing at all to do with her enthusiasm for a Thursday debate — one co-sponsored by the Globe, which had just endorsed her. But all that’s mere coincidence we’re certain. Yes, some 300,000 households are still without power and wouldn’t be able to watch it anyway. And more than a few are distracted by the flooding in their basements and the trees down on the street. In fact, Brown spent yesterday inspecting storm damage from Rehoboth to Plum Island — it’s what incumbents do. Warren’s campaign did not release an official schedule.
- This sentiment was echoed by several local columnists today including the Herald’s Joe Battenfeld – This was a no-brainer for U.S. Sen. Scott Brown. Pick the voters. Democrats and some in the media are predictably in a lather about the Republican incumbent forgoing a fourth televised debate, but the fact is Brown has already taken part in one more debate than then-U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy did in 1994…. Brown also had agreed to two radio debates that Warren refused to attend, but there was no outrage over that.