Submitted By Todd on January 17th at 8:27pm
"Where we don't want to go now is backwards," Obama told a crowd of 1,500 Coakley supporters at a Northeastern University gymnasium. "We've got so much work left to do. ... I can't do it alone. I need leaders like Martha by my side so we can kick it into high gear, so we can finish what we've started."You can't really blame people for not wanting to go, even if they're Obama fans, as there were other speakers to get through to get to the president.
Kerry was just one of a series of Democratic officeholders who spoke to the crowd before Obama took the stage, including US Representative Michael Capuano, who lost to Coakley in the primary. Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of Edward M. Kennedy, whose death opened up the seat the Brown and Coakley are vying for, also spoke.Scott Brown wasn't intimidated by the President's appearance, holding his own event in Worcester.
Brown held a competing rally at about the same time at Mechanics Hall in Worcester that was attended by 2,200 people, with other people spilling over into two additional rooms. Supporters at the Brown rally held signs supporting him, many of them homemade, and chanted, "We want Scott." Music by Bruce Springstein was playing in the background. When the music was turned off, the crowd began to sing an impromptu version of "God Bless America."On Friday, a lackluster Bill Clinton was here. The Dems are throwing the full panel of stars at Massachusetts with hopes of killing turnout. We'll see what happens on Tuesday.