Obama scrambles to save Democratic Senate seat


Matt Spetalnick
Reuters
Monday, January 18th, 2010

President Barack Obama went on a rescue mission on Sunday to try to save an endangered Massachusetts Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate whose defeat by a Republican could imperil Obama’s sweeping healthcare overhaul.

[efoods]Obama appeared at a campaign rally in Boston for Democrat Martha Coakley, whose 30-point lead in the polls in December has vanished and who is now in a tight race with Republican Scott Brown before Tuesday’s election.

Speaking to 1,500 supporters gathered in a basketball arena at Northeastern University, Obama ridiculed Brown for his populist campaign tactic of driving around Massachusetts in a pickup truck and attacked him for not supporting a bank bailout tax Obama proposed last week.

“We asked Martha’s opponent, what’s he going to do, and he decided to park his truck on Wall Street,” Obama said. “Let me be clear: Bankers don’t need another vote in the United States Senate. They’ve got plenty.”

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