BOSTON - Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren and Republican incumbent Sen. Scott Brown spent another day on the campaign trail Friday reaching out to women voters with Election Day rapidly approaching.
Warren was joined by the Senate's longest serving woman, Maryland Democrat Barbara Mikulski. The two attended a rally at the University of Massachusetts- Boston with students and supporters before heading to Worcester to visit the YWCA of Central Massachusetts.
Mikulski said the Massachusetts contest could help determine whether Democrats or Republican control the Senate.
"It is women that will determine the fate of the United States Senate, women as candidates and women as voters and the men who support our agenda," she said. "We need Elizabeth Warren as our challenger to bring it home."
Warren told supporters she wants to go to Washington to stand up for women.
"We are a people who believe in building the future, and that's what this race is about," she said. "Do we just say cut taxes at the top and cut everything else and that will build a future _ or do we say pay your fair share, but let's all work together."
Brown met with lawyer and victim advocate Wendy Murphy at his campaign headquarters and spoke about his support for the renewal of the federal Violence Against Women Act.
"I've been fighting for women, as you know, since I was six years old when my mom was being beaten by an abusive stepfather," Brown said. "That's why I fought to get the Violence Against Women Act reauthorized in the Senate."
Brown and Murphy also faulted Warren for not being a more vocal supporter of women who allege sexual harassment at Harvard Law School, where Warren teaches.
They pointed to the school's burden of proof standard for those making allegations of sexual assault which they said was a much tougher standard compared to other schools. The school imposes disciplinary sanctions "only upon clear and convincing evidence."
"It means the word of a woman is not good enough at Harvard Law School," Murphy said. "And she has yet to say a word about it."
Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick also hit the campaign trail to support Warren on Friday, greeting voters in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston.
The campaigns are also grappling with a super storm that could bring torrential rain to Massachusetts next week.
Forecasters say the storm could reach the state by late Sunday and linger until early Wednesday _ just as Brown and Warren are ramping up for a last week of campaigning.
Their final debate is scheduled for Tuesday.
Both candidates said their top concern was the safety of residents.
Warren said she was pleased with the state's preparations
"The main thing is that we need for people to be safe, and I'm very pleased that Gov. Patrick is out there making sure that we're all making the right preparations," Warren said in a statement.
Brown said the security of those in Massachusetts was also his top priority.
He said he would have no problem attending the final debate at WGBH studios in the Brighton section of Boston _ and even offered Warren a lift if needed.
"That's why I have a truck. It has four wheel drive," Brown said. "If she needs a ride, happy to pick her up."
The Massachusetts race is already the most expensive in state history. Both national parties are keeping a close eye on the contest as they wrestle for control of the Senate.
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