Excellent work from Warren’s truth machine, and good to see it leading Boston.com.
I’m no longer surprised by the number of people I speak to while canvassing who say they’re still making up their minds.
I offer to tell them what helped me decide to support EW. I tell them that I was really surprised to read that Scott Brown voted against equal pay for women twice, once as the deciding vote that stopped it from being debated on and becoming law. I was surprised because of how much he talk about equal rights for women and that I don’t mind when someone holds a different view than I do. If they thought about an issue an see it differently, I try to respect that. But I can’t stand stand when a politician is telling me one thing and then I learn that he has voted in the opposite way on the issue. I just can’t stand being lied to.
Sure enough, I see people nod their heads in agreement. At that point I mention how Scott Brown keeps demanding transparency from Elizabeth Warren, but I read that he voted against transparency in campaign finance twice. And that he was the 41st and deciding vote on this issue, too. Again, I say, if a person thinks donor names should be kept private, okay that’s what the person thinks. But I can’t stand it when they talk about standing for transparency and then I find out that they vote against it.
Sharing info this way, e.g. as my personal learning and reactions, really touches a nerve, as it should. I don’t try at that moment to convince them to vote for EW, I just thank them for the fact that they’re thinking about the election and that they’re going to vote.
That said, the last door I knocked on Sunday was a Brown voter who said, “With him, we know what we’re getting.” I didn’t have the heart to tell him, it ain’t so.
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