Brown, Coakley Battle in Western Massachusetts
Massachusetts Democratic attorney general Martha Coakley faced Republican state senator Scott Brown yesterday in a heated debate. Independent Joseph Kennedy mostly stayed out of the showdown.
Rasmussen shows a nine-point difference between the two. "I don't agree with those numbers," Coakley said. "I think everyone will see where we are on Jan. 19."
Coakley was aggressive during the hour-long debate. She attacked Brown for his stance against the current health care plan. Coakley again demanded Brown answer "yes or no" on supporting former President Bush's tax cuts.
"It's not a yes or no answer," Brown said. "I'm not going to play the yes or no game."
Kennedy took aim at Brown's record. Kennedy stated that he believes Brown overstates his reputation on Beacon Hill and has not done enough to cut taxes.
Brown is demanding to debate Coakley one-on-one. Through a spokesperson, Coakley stated that the candidates should not meet unless all are present.
"I personally believe she's afraid to show that her policies are so out of touch with the citizens of Massachusetts who are footing the bill for the out-of-control spending in Washington," Brown said.
The late Sen. Ted Kennedy's family endorsed Coakley on January 7. Her campaign needs to regain their momentum. Coakley has raised over $5.2 million, but has not campaigned as hard as Brown.
Brown has just over $1 million in his camp. He has waged a strong phone and "get out and vote" campaign. He has been endorsed by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and Sen. John McCain.
The Boston Tea Party has endorsed Joseph Kennedy.
The next live debate will be held at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute on Jan. 11. It should be a good one.