War heroes stump for Mass. Senate candidates

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October 20, 2012, 6:21 pm
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(NECN: Scot Yount, Melrose, Mass.) - Arizona's Sen. John McCain was back in the Bay State campaigning at the side of fellow Republican Sen. Scott Brown on Saturday.

At a packed Memorial Hall in Melrose, Brown and McCain focused in on the nation's veterans.

"Right now, because this nation is in decline and under attack everywhere in the world because of the feckless foreign policy of Barack Obama we need people who understand the men and women in the military," said McCain.

In a light moment, Brown recalled his first meeting with McCain after first deciding to run for U.S. Senate.

"We spent a good half an hour together and he said Scott, you are a wonderful young man, I appreciate your military service and your dedication to your public service but you don't have a chance," laughed Brown.

"He's right he came to my office, they said there is this guy from Massachusetts that's running for the Senate, I said yeah right, some kind of masochist," laughed McCain.

But Brown wasn't the only one being endorsed by a war hero on Saturday. His Democrat challenger, Elizabeth Warren, was holding a rally.

"I am here to day with Max Cleland," she said.

At a church in Beverly, Warren appeared with former Ga. Senator Max Cleland, who lost both legs and an arm in Vietnam.

"Veterans for Warren, one for Max Cleland here, and one for my cousin Setti Warren," laughed Warren.

Both Brown and Warren clearly believe the country is not doing enough to support veterans.

"To be able to focus on issues facing our vets, I am honored to be here with a war hero and a man who has truly dedicated his life to public service," said Warren.

Tags: massachusetts, US Senate, Scott Brown, Beverly, John McCain, Melrose, politics, Elizabeth Warren, Scot Young, Endorsements, MA Senate race 2012, Max Cleland, war heroes
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