Friday, January 15, 2010

Outsiders poured into Massachusetts on Friday to try to sway the outcome of the special election on Tuesday to fill the Senate seat once held by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.

Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani headed to Boston to campaign for surging underdog Republican Scott Brown, who in the latest polls has pulled even with Democrat Martha Coakley, the state attorney general. Mr. Giuliani hammered at Mrs. Coakley’s record on terrorism during a campaign stop in the city’s North End neighborhood as he extolled the virtues of Mr. Brown.

“His election, I believe, will send a signal and I believe a very dramatic one, that we are going in the wrong direction on terrorism,” Mr. Giuliani said.

Mrs. Coakley has come under fire for comments she made about terrorists deserting Afghanistan for Pakistan and Yemen during Mondays candidates debate.

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The race has enormous national implications because a Brown victory would deny Senate Democrats that 60-vote majority they need to push through major legislation such as health care and energy reform.

Meanwhile, former President Bill Clinton headed to Massachusetts to campaign for Mrs. Coakley at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel in Boston, before heading to Worcester for a rally.

Mr. Giuliani said the Democrats are on the run.

“Believe me, they are frightened. When you challenge arrogant power, theres nothing that fights back harder,” Mr. Giuliani said. “I always thought Scott had a good chance, but its even farther than we thought it would go. He’s ahead. Weve got to keep sustaining this.”

Mr. Brown made a reference to the Democrats’ last-minute effort to deliver a victory for Mrs. Coakley and to her powerful guest supporter.

“She’s entitled to bring whoever she wants to bring. But Ill tell you what — Im right here where I want to be with Rudy Giuliani,” Mr. Brown said.

The White House said Friday that President Obama will travel to Massachusetts on Sunday to campaign for Mrs. Coakley.

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