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Elizabeth Warren draws 1,000 supporters in Northampton



Last modified: Wednesday, October 31, 2012
NORTHAMPTON — More than a thousand people gathered at Smith Vocational High School gymnasium Sunday afternoon to hear Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren speak.

Former Massachusetts governor and 1988 Democratic presidential nominee Michael S. Dukakis also showed up with his wife, Kitty, to lend his support.

“Elizabeth Warren is a terrific candidate who has gotten stronger and stronger with every day that goes by in this campaign,” Dukakis said. “I can tell you this, we are going to have one hell of a U.S. senator come January!”

In her address, Warren said she would fight to protect Social Security, Medicare and affordable health care for all citizens, while also vowing to help repeal the Defense of Marriage Act.

“This election is truly about what kind of country we want for our children and their children,” Warren said. “The Republicans are saying in effect, we’ve got ours, the rest of you are on your own. Well, we are better people than that.”

Warren was joined on stage by several local politicians including Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg of Amherst, state Reps. Ellen Story of Amherst and John Scibak of South Hadley, Mayor Michael A. Tautznik of Easthampton, Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan and Sheriff Robert Garvey.

“It was wonderful to welcome Elizabeth Warren to the city. It is exciting to have her here and I think this is a great show of support for her today,” Narkewicz said.