With ballots running out across Washington state, US Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Progressive, rallied voters in Seattle and on Friday night urged them to re-elect Sen. Patty Murray, hailing her as a campaigner for reproductive rights, the environment and that social safety net and voting rights.
Democrats, Warren argued, will Roe v. Codify Wade, protect Social Security and Medicare, pursue more climate change legislation, and “defend our democracy.”
She framed Murray’s Republican challenger Tiffany Smiley as the voice for Republican leadership.
“Anyone who wants to run for office and call themselves a Republican and wants to take the big Republican money, they own everything,” Warren said. “He owns Trumpism, he owns insurgency, he owns ugliness and hatred.”
Warren spoke with Murray, Gov. Jay Inslee and Rep. Pramila Jayapal in front of a crowd of 100 to 200 at the Seattle Center Armory.
Public polls have consistently shown Murray to be a leader, but the race has intensified since the summer.
Ballots mailed to voters must be returned to county dropboxes by Nov. 8 or postmarked by that date.
The event, which featured Warren, capped a full day of retail campaigning for Murray, who criss-crossed Seattle on Friday, meeting with supporters and voters across the city. She held a midday event in West Seattle with the President of NARAL, met with black leaders and small business owners at Mount Zion Baptist Church in the Central District at 2 p.m., and then took a “tour” of the Chinatown International District.
Smiley has held few public events in recent weeks but has just announced a nationwide bus tour for the final two weeks of the race. The tour, which the campaign says will make 46 stops in 28 counties, will depart from Maple Valley on Tuesday.
Elisa Carlson, a Smiley spokeswoman, criticized both Warren and Murray for President Joe Biden’s plan to forgive up to $20,000 in student loans for those earning less than $125,000 per year. The White House estimates that nearly 700,000 people live in Washington are eligible for the program.
“The $400 billion Biden-Warren-Murray student loan forgiveness plan is unfair to those who have already paid off their debts, worked through college or never been to college,” Carlson said. “Tiffany is focused on uniting all of Washington state.”
At Friday night’s rally, Murray touted recent Democrat gains: the COVID-19 Recovery Act, a bipartisan infrastructure package, the CHIPS act that incentivizes semiconductor manufacturing, and a law that allows Medicare to levy prescription drug prices to negotiate and make the largest climate protection investments in history. All, she said, passed by the narrowest Democratic majority, a 50-50 Senate, with the vice president cutting ties when necessary.
“It was only possible because the Democrats were in charge,” Murray said. “If my opponent wins and she helps put Mitch McConnell in charge of the Senate, it’s going to be a disaster on every level.”
Warren said Murray was the person who originally recruited her to run for the Senate in 2012.
A few people had approached her about running against incumbent Republican Scott Brown, but, according to Warren, they kept saying, “You’re going to lose, but you should run.”
“Then Patty called,” Warren said. “She was blunt, ‘I want you to run for the Senate. You can beat this guy, do it.’”
“No flattery, no bullshit, just go with it.”