Under a pall of gray clouds, the candidates for US Senate on Sunday offered streamlined versions of their campaign messages, before announcing that they would suspend all campaign events Monday, as Hurricane Sandy forced them off the trail for an unwanted break in the midst of the campaign’s critical home stretch.
Democrat Elizabeth Warren on Sunday gave an energetic, 10-minute address at the Lynn Democratic City Committee Annual Breakfast, before a packed house of partisans at the Porthole Restaurant, speaking about Democratic Party philosophy and building to a call-to-arms for Democrats to turn out their voters.
“We know what this race is about . . . at every level,” Warren said. “It is about the vision about how we build a future, and the Republicans have made their vision clear. Cut taxes for those at the top and leave everybody else to pick up the pieces.
“We are a better people than that,” shouted Warren. “Our vision is better than that.”
She also made an impassioned pitch for volunteers for the final push to the election, Nov. 6.
“Here’s my promise to you,” said Warren. “We’re down to the last nine days. I will work my heart out — I will work my heart out to win this race, and what I ask is that you fight alongside me. Our kids are depending on this, our grandkids. We’ve got to do this for them. . . . ” Her final words were drowned out by applause from the audience.
By mid-evening Sunday, Warren’s aides announced she would cancel her trail schedule for Monday.
“Elizabeth won’t have any public campaign events tomorrow and she urges everyone to heed the governor’s warning to stay home if you can and stay off the roads,” spokeswoman Alethea Harney wrote in an e-mail.
Senator Scott Brown’s campaign also suspended his public appearances, saying the senator plans to spend the morning at the state emergency operations center in Framingham.
“Senator Brown’s focus is on the safety and security of the people of Massachusetts, and politics takes a back seat at a time like this,” spokeswoman Alleigh Marré said in a statement.
The Republican incumbent held three city rallies around the state yesterday, seeking to reinforce his campaign theme of bipartisanship. Brown appeared in Springfield, Lowell, and Worcester with Democrats who crossed party lines to endorse him, including Charlie Ryan, former mayor of Springfield; Rita Mercier, the former mayor of Lowell; and state Representative Dave Nangle, a Lowell Democrat, according to the Brown campaign.
At the Worcester event, the city’s former mayor, Democrat Konnie Lukes, said there is “no time to get tired,” with nine days left before the vote. “We have to keep up the pressure,” she said.
Lukes criticized Warren as a “media creation” who has run a campaign of fear mongering.
Brown, she said, “has the courage to be bipartisan, and that is difficult in a one-party-dominated state.”
In short remarks to a crowd of several dozen, Brown noted that the campaign rally conflicted with a New England Patriots game on TV. “I know the Patriots are playing but they’re winning by a lot,” he said.
He predicted the election will be close, however, and reminded the crowd that he has been to Worcester many times since winning election in 2010.
Brown also noted that he has been ranked “the second most bipartisan senator.”
“I’m the guy pushing back against the extremes on both sides,” he said, in a familiar refrain from the trail. “I’m not a divider; I’m a unifier.”
Brown also urged his supporters to get out the vote. “Don’t go to bed on November 6 wishing you had done more,” he said.
The final debate between Brown and Warren is scheduled for Tuesday night.
Warren said in a brief interview on Sunday that she hopes the weather will allow the debate to go forward as planned. She gave a big shrug when asked if there would be enough time before Election Day to reschedule if necessary.