Mass. Senate Candidates Make Final Push Ahead Of Tuesday Special Election

June 22, 2013 9:43 PM
Mass. Senate Candidates Make Final Push Ahead Of Tuesday Special Election
" DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Edward Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez kept up a busy schedule in the final weekend before Tuesday’s special election for the U.S. Senate, with both campaigns trying to energize their base and mobilize for a get-out-the-vote effort amid projections of a light turnout.

Markey, a member of Congress since 1976 and Gomez, a former Navy SEAL and political newcomer, are vying for the seat formerly held by John Kerry, who resigned from the Senate earlier this year to become U.S. secretary of State.

Markey capped a day of campaigning on Saturday with a rally on the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth campus with Vice President Joe Biden, who was the latest in a string of Democratic heavy-hitters who have made campaign visits in recent weeks, following President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

Speaking to several hundred Markey backers, Biden repeatedly said Republicans in Washington “don’t get it,” and mocked Gomez’s claim that he would represent a new kind of Republican.

“This is not your father’s Republican Party. This is not even Mitt Romney’s Republican Party,” Biden said. “This is a different … breed of cat. They think compromise is a dirty word "

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